WORD BK Presents: ON BEING 40(ISH) Panel Discussion

02/05/2019 - 7:30pm


Join us at WORD Brooklyn for a panel discussion featuring Lindsey Mead, editor of the new book On Being 40(ish), and contributors Jill Kargman, Sophfronia Scott, and Lee Woodruff. 


The big 4-0. Like 18 and 21, this is a major and meaningful milestone our lives—especially for women. Turning forty is a poignant doorway between youth and…what comes after; a crossroads to reflect on the roads taken and not and the paths yet before you. And the decade that follows is one that is especially ripe for nostalgia, inspiration, wisdom, and personal growth. In On Being 40(ish), 15 writers explore this rich phase in essays that are profound and moving and above all, brimming with joie de vivre. This diverse array of voices, edited by Lindsey Mead, offer exciting, deeply personal, and poignant perspectives across a range of universal themes—friendship, independence, sex, beauty, aging, wisdom, and the passage of time:

In SOUL MATES, CATHERINE NEWMAN reflects on a lifelong friendship
In IT’S A GAME OF TWO HALVES, VERONICA CHAMBERS explores the changing nature of ambition over time
In WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR FACE, SLOANE CROSLEY tackles the conflicted struggle of anti-aging endeavors
In WHY I DIDN’T ANSWER YOUR EMAIL, KJ DELL’ANTONIA meditates on the distraction and busyness of mid-life.
In I BECOME AN ACTRESS AT 39, JILL KARGMAN offers a funny take on the unlikely development of breaking into Hollywood in her 40s when most women are getting phased out.
In ADAPTATION OF LIFE, KATE BOLICK writes about the surreal experience of writing a best-selling book about middle-age and continuing to live the story
In THERE’S A METAPHOR HERE, ALLISON WINN SCOTCH reflects on how a traumatic injury in her early 40s made her rethink her lifelong commitment to utter self-reliance
In THE PEOPLE WHO GOT ME HERE, JULIE KLAM thinks back to a difficult time that made her realize you’re never too old to want/need your mom (or your support system)
TRIED THAT, DOING ME is a graphic piece from illustrator SUJEAN RIM
In I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS, SOPHFRONIA SCOTT reflects on her realization, in her 40s, that life is too short for cynicism and there’s no time for dwelling in the negative
In YOUTH DEW, LEE WOODRUFF thinks back to her mother’s 40th, her own and ahead to her daughters’
In QUANTAM PHYSICS FOR BIRTHDAYS, TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER reflects on various birthdays and life-stages leading up to and through her 40th

Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including On Being 40(ish). If you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase the admission voucher. 


Lindsey Mead has written for Brain, Child Magazine, QuietRev.com (Quiet Revolution), LiteraryMama.com, and Huffington Post. She received a BA in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard School of Business. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Being 40(ish) is her first book.

A born and bred New Yorker, Jill Kargman is the creator, writer, producer, and star of the scripted comedy Odd Mom Out in which Ms. Kargman played a satirical version of herself navigating the hilarity of raising children on the Upper East Side in NYC. Ms. Kargman attended the Spence School, the Taft School and Yale University. After graduating and working for magazines, television, and movies, Ms. Kargman began writing novels to give her more flexibility to be home with her three children: Sadie, Ivy, and Fletch. She is a New York Times best-selling author of multiple books, and her most recent book, a comedic essay collection, Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave, was published in September 2016. She made her Café Carlyle debut in January 2017 with her sold out show Stairway to Cabaret, singing heavy metal songs cabaret-style. In January 2019, Jill will be hosting her own radio show “At Least You Woke Up” on SiriusXM. Jill is also a performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational and sketch comedy group. Jill recently made an appearance in her first Hollywood studio movie, A Bad Moms Christmas.

As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families. To date, they have raised more than $55 million to help veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities and receive critical long-term care. Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most. A freelance writer and print journalist, Woodruff has written numerous articles, including features and essays about her family, parenting, and caregiving. She currently runs a media/speaker training business.

Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio and holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She began her career as an award-winning magazine journalist for Time, where she co-authored the groundbreaking cover story “Twentysomething,” the first study identifying the demographic group known as Generation X. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published in 2004, Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love. She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tains. Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Her essay “Why I Didn’t Go to the Firehouse” is listed among the Notables in Best American Essays 2017. Sophfronia teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She’s also delivered craft talks and held workshops at the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Meacham Writers’ Workshop, and the Hobart Festival of Women Writers. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Her website and blog are at sophfronia.com.

On Being 40(ish) Cover Image
By Lindsey Mead (Editor)
ISBN: 9781501172120
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 5th, 2019

“Like a pep talk from your big sister, favorite cousin and wise best friend. These 15 smart, funny women expertly capture what it's like to get older...

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including On Being 40(ish). Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.