11 Jan Memoir A Go-Go!
Don’t miss the signature panel and closing event of the festival: Memoir A Go-Go, led by its moderator, memoirist and Executive Director of the Bookfest, Martha Frankel. She’s a master interviewer who asks unexpected questions, and often gets unexpected answers.
Martha Frankel is the author of the memoir Hats and Eyeglasses, about her family’s love affair with gambling, and host of the podcast, Woodstock Booktalk, Frankel is co-founder and director of StorySlams.com.
She’s also besotted by knitting. She wants you to ask her about it.
Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed author of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. Her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Narrative, The New York Times, Tin House, Lit Hub, and The Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother, ran for a year, She has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman teaches the craft of memoir at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and has appeared live on stage at Tedx and The Public, and NPR. She lives in New England.
Mitchell S. Jackson’s Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) takes its name from the calculations the award-winning author made to survive the Portland, Oregon of his youth. Part essay, part memoir, part history, Survival Math was named a best book of the year by NPR, Time Magazine, The Paris Review, The Root, Kirkus Reviews, Esquire Magazine, and Buzzfeed.
Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise, won the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence, and was a finalist for other awards.
A formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is a justice advocate who, as part of his efforts, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.
Erin Khar is the author of Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies that Nearly Killed Me. Her writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, relationships, parenting, infertility, and self-care has appeared in SELF, Marie Claire, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and others. Khar’s weekly advice column, Ask Erin, is published on Ravishly. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, was published in 2019. She is the founding editor in chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.