The Arlington Author Salon is a free reading series with a twist: each author’s presentation includes something special to tickle the senses. Music, paintings, photographs, tasty treats, fabrics, even smells! Let yourself be transported with an immersive, literary experience.
For those of you on Facebook, you can join the event (and invite others) here. Anyone else, please forward this message to your friends and just come on over on January 9th!
Winter theme: “True stories of turmoil and grit” with Catherine Guthrie, Glenn Koenig, and Sandra Miller.
Glenn Koenig has always been an “outside the box” thinker. This left him at odds with academia from an early age, but he finally earned a B.A. from Goddard College in 1975. Back in 2001, Glenn began a deep personal investigation of his own sexuality and gender identity. After thinking he might be transgender, he eventually discovered his “two spirit” nature. He now identifies as a gender queer person in a male body (and uses he/him pronouns). His first book, “a man wearing a dress,” was published in 2017. Recently, he developed a series of workshops to promote self-acceptance for everyone.
Catherine Guthrie, author of FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer, is an award-winning women’s health journalist. For the past twenty years, her reporting, essays, and criticism have appeared in dozens of national magazines including Time; O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate; Cosmopolitan; Prevention; and Yoga Journal. She has faced breast cancer twice. She lives in Somerville’s Davis Square.
Sandra A. Miller is the author of the memoir TROVE: A WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND BURIED TREASURE. She has contributed to more than 100 publications, including The Boston Globe Magazine, for which she is a regular correspondent. One of her essays was turned into a short film called “Wait,” directed by Trudie Styler and starring Kerry Washington. She currently teaches English at the University of Massachusetts and lives in Arlington with her husband and two children.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.