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WLPN Presents: Megan Stielstra

  • Pilsen Community Books 1102 West 18th Street Chicago, IL, 60608 United States (map)

An event in our monthly series with Lumpen Radio. The Eye 94 crew will talk with writer Megan Stielstra about her book "The Wrong Way to Save Your Life." This conversation will be recorded for radio broadcast. This event will take place at Pilsen Community Books!

 “I’m fascinated with the way kindness cancels out fear (and fear cancels out kindness), and Stielstra’s essays wrestle with both.” (  Chicago Tribune  )  “It’s opened up my thinking about the personal essay. She has a knack for taking her personal, intimate stories and broadening them outward to consider how she fits in this larger project of humanity we’re all engaged in. The book is genius.” ( Amanda Fortini, Nevada Public Radio )  “Warm, funny and occasionally furious. . . Megan Stielstra maps essential questions about art and the self: questions about memory, assumption, love and fear. . . .Stielstra is an evangelist for story’s power to transform lives. . . . Her sentences hum with the humor and asides of oral storytelling.” (  Minneapolis Star-Tribune  )  “A star of the Chicago story-telling scene, Stielstra internalizes her engagement with the live audience and translates it to the page with a voice that is personal and candid, yet neither nostalgic nor self-referential.  In the four parts of this collection, each devoted to a decade of her life, Stielstra segues between quotidian concerns and harrowing ones, like what objects to grab as she and her son narrowly escape their burning apartment building.” (  National Book Review  )  

“I’m fascinated with the way kindness cancels out fear (and fear cancels out kindness), and Stielstra’s essays wrestle with both.” (Chicago Tribune)

“It’s opened up my thinking about the personal essay. She has a knack for taking her personal, intimate stories and broadening them outward to consider how she fits in this larger project of humanity we’re all engaged in. The book is genius.” (Amanda Fortini, Nevada Public Radio)

“Warm, funny and occasionally furious. . . Megan Stielstra maps essential questions about art and the self: questions about memory, assumption, love and fear. . . .Stielstra is an evangelist for story’s power to transform lives. . . . Her sentences hum with the humor and asides of oral storytelling.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

“A star of the Chicago story-telling scene, Stielstra internalizes her engagement with the live audience and translates it to the page with a voice that is personal and candid, yet neither nostalgic nor self-referential.  In the four parts of this collection, each devoted to a decade of her life, Stielstra segues between quotidian concerns and harrowing ones, like what objects to grab as she and her son narrowly escape their burning apartment building.” (National Book Review)
 

Earlier Event: June 16
Bloomsday Celebration!