Molly Wizenberg with Kate Schatz
A few months later than intended for all concerned, we are delighted, COVID-19-induced delays and all, to finally be helping launch Seattle writer Molly Wizenberg’s utterly engaging new book, The Fixed Stars: A Memoir (Abrams), into the world with this virtual reading and conversation tonight. In her newest book, she has written a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships. At age 36, while serving on a jury, otherwise more or less assuming her life’s course was set, Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney working a case, this when she had been married to a man (who was also her business partner) for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler. This book, with lay-it-on-the-line frankness and vulnerability that is also discreet, chronicles what would happen, how Molly Wizenberg’s life would fundamentally alter.
“The Fixed Stars is a nuanced look into two subjects frequently depicted as binary: love and sexuality. Wizenberg writes of her journey into queerness with tenderness and curiosity, two essential qualities for any sort of entry into new lands. This book spoke directly to my heart. Read it.”— Esmé Weijun Wang.
“Interwoven throughout with research insights into the complexity of female sexual identity, Wizenberg's book not only offers a glimpse into the shifting nature of selfhood; it also celebrates one woman's hard-won acceptance of her own sexual difference. A courageous and thought-provoking memoir.”— Kirkus Reviews.
Joining Molly Wizenberg in conversation this evening will be Kate Schatz, the Bay Area-based author, activist, historian, and educator, most known for her bestselling Rad Women series of books, including Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Girls Can, Rad Women Worldwide, and Rad American History A-Z. Molly Wizenberg herself is the author of earlier acclaimed memoirs, A Homemade Life and Delancey, and, with Brandon Pettit, co-founded the award-winning Seattle restaurants Delancey and Essex. This should all be a delight. Please join us.
Presented by The Elliott Bay Book Company with promotional support from LitHub.