Anyone who has struggled with or embraced the idea of home sweet home will want to attend the Lopez Bookshop Local Writers Read on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Three “local” authors will read from and discuss “This is the Place: Women Writing About Home,” a collection of essays by 30 women writers recently published by Seal Press.
“This is the Place” editor and contributor Margot Kahn calls Lopez Island and Seattle home, and she’ll be one of the three authors at the event. Recently Kahn talked with “The Seattle Review of Books” about the anthology’s timeliness, even though when she and co-editor Kelly McMasters conceived of the book, they weren’t really thinking about the political issues in the news today. Throughout the book, Kahn says, there’s “… This thread of belonging, this sense of safety, … that image of what home should be. And that feeling that we’re seeking, and all the conversations we’re having now on the national political stage, really boil down to the same questions: who belongs here? Who is welcome? Who is made to feel safe? Who is a part of this community?”
Kahn will be joined by fellow contributors Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum from Seattle and Kate Lebo from Spokane. They and other writers in the anthology vary widely in their viewpoints and characteristics, including geographic location, ethnicity, culture, religion, age and sexuality. Other authors in the collection include Pam Houston, Terry Tempest Williams, Debra Gwartney, Dani Shapiro, and the new Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna. In their unique voices they write about neighbors, marriage and kids, homelessness, immigration, gentrification and more.
The reading is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.lopezbookshop.com.