Power Over Powerlessness: Authors on Recovery

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Laura McKowen, upon reading Dan Peres’ memoir, As Needed for Pain:

“I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I read it in two days. I’ve read what feels like a gazillion addiction memoirs, but none about opioid addiction, and far fewer men’s stories than women’s. Dan was the Editor in Chief of Details magazine and was swallowing sixty+ pills a day for half that time. He had a big, fancy, powerful career and was crushed by insecurity, self-loathing, and one hell of an addiction.

I loved this book because he’s smart, wry, funny, and it gave me a glimpse into a world I could imagine but haven’t experienced first hand. There were a lot of LOL moments and a ton of NOOOOOOO! ones too.”

Join Erin Khar, Laura McKowen and Dan Peres as they discuss their respective memoirs, both published in early 2020.


Erin-Khar-Memoir-Panel-Woodstock-Bookfest-2020Erin 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 ClaireEsquireCosmopolitanGood 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.


Laura-McKowen-Authors-Addiction-Woodstock-Bookfest-2020Laura McKowen had a long, successful career in public relations and the Mad Men–esque drinking culture of advertising. After getting sober, she quickly became recognized as a fresh voice in recovery, beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing, online and in print. McKowen now leads sold out retreats and courses, teaching people how to say yes to a bigger life. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her daughter. We Are the Luckiest Is her first book.


Dan-Peres-Authors-Addiction-Woodstock-Bookfest-2020Dan Peres was editor in chief of Details for fifteen years, starting in 2000, when the title relaunched under his leadership. During his tenure, the magazine won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards. Before taking the editorship of Details, Dan spent nine years at W magazine, overseeing bureaus in Paris, London, and Milan. Peres’s career as an editor at W magazine and Details is well known, but little is known about his private life as a high-functioning drug addict. In As Needed for Pain, Peres lays bare, for the first time, the extent of his drug use, and how he found his way back from a killing addiction.


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.

Kleinert/James
37 Tinker Street
Woodstock
Saturday March 28, 2020
11:30AM