Friday, May 16, 2008


Come out and meet me and the Mydols at the Ann Arbor Book Festival this weekend. I'll be part of the:

The Power of Mom – Authors Discuss the Influence of Motherhood - ProQuest Stage on N. University Ave.

Moderator: Lisa Garrigues – Writing Motherhood
Julie Halpert – Making Up with Mom
Jane Bernstein – Rachel in the World
Judy Davids – Rock Star Mommy

There may be no other relationship explored as much in literature as that of mothers and daughters. From fairy tales to memoir, numerous books have looked at the ways in which mothers and daughters interact—in loving ways and otherwise. Join a panel of women who are both mothers and daughters, and who have written extensively about the dynamics of these bonds, from the tensions caused by special needs, to the desire to keep one's own identity while taking on the role of mother. This is certain to be a conversation with depth, heartfelt insight and much laughter.

Lisa Garrigues is an award-winning writer and experienced educator. In addition to teaching Writing Motherhood, she leads a variety of courses and workshops in writing memoir. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master's degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with her husband and two children. Lisa will moderate this panel.

Jane Bernstein was born in Brooklyn, NY, and educated at New York University and Columbia University. She is the author of five books, most recently Rachel in the World. Her film work includes the screenplay for the Warner Brothers movie Seven Minutes in Heaven. Her essays and articles have appeared widely in such places as The New York Times Magazine, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Massachusetts Review, and Glamour. Among her fellowships and awards are two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, one in creative writing and one in media arts, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing. Jane is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Judy Davids is a music fan, mother, and leader of one of the first "mommy" rock bands in the country—The Mydols. Davids' memoir, Rock Star Mommy, is a rallying cry for every woman who fondly recalls when she spent more time in mosh pits than "Mommy and Me" classes to adopt a rock 'n roll attitude toward life.

Julie Halpert is a journalist with over two decades of experience writing for national publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Family Fun and Parents. She is a regular on-air contributor to various public radio programs. Her new book is Making Up With Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree About Kids, Careers and Casseroles (and What to do About It).

The Mydols will perform on the same stage at 5:00 PM.