The Arlington Author Salon takes place quarterly the first week of July, October, January, and April, with some exceptions to circumvent holidays.
Spring Salon: Thursday, April 7th, 2022, 7:30 pm
Spotlight on “Grit: Women Who Go Against the Grain”
Lorena Hernández Leonard is a writer, storyteller, and filmmaker. She’s a Pauline Scheer Fellow at GrubStreet where she’s currently working on a memoir about growing up during the Colombian drug war and migrating to the US. Lorena’s writing has been featured in KHÔRA, she has appeared on WORLD Channel’s television program Stories from the Stage and has performed on Suitcase Stories––a program created by the International Institute of New England featuring immigrant stories. Lorena co-produced the award-winning animated short film “Demi’s Panic.” The film, which has screened at various film festivals around the world, was long-listed for the 94th Oscars.
Kathleen Stone is a writer and a lawyer. Her recently published book, They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men (Cynren Press), is a collective biography of women who defied expectations by entering male-dominated professions in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Her book reviews, art reviews and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Arts Fuse, Los Angeles Review of Books, Timberline Review and The Writer’s Chronicle. She lives in Boston and holds graduate degrees from the Bennington Writing Seminars and Boston University School of Law.
They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men (Cynren Press, 2022), is a collective biography of seven women who entered male-dominated professions in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, an era when women were expected to stay home, or at least not take “men’s” jobs. Kathleen Stone interviewed the women when they were in their 80s and 90s to discover the source of their ambition and how they nurtured it against the odds.
Randy Susan Meyers is the international bestselling author of six novels, which have been translated in over thirty-six languages; three have been chosen by the Massachusetts Council of the Book (a division of the Library of Congress) as “Must Read Books.” A Brooklyn- Boston mix who believes happiness requires family, friends, books, and an occasional New York bagel, she lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center and at Northampton’s Writer in Progress.
The Fashion Orphans is a story of half-sisters, Gabrielle Winslow and Lulu Quattro, who are brought together by the death of their controlling, imperious mother – and the closet full of Chanel clothes she leaves them as their sole inheritance. As the estranged, debt-ridden sisters arrive for the reading of their late mother’s will, they are shocked to learn that, instead of their expected fortune they are only left with their mother’s secret walk-in closet jammed with luxury clothes and accessories.
Contemplating the scale of their mother’s self-indulgence, the sisters can’t help but wonder if Lauren Weisberger had it wrong: because it seems, the devil actually wore Chanel, not Prada. But as Gabrielle and Lulu begin to explore their mother’s collection, meet and fall in love with her group of warm, wonderful friends, and find inspiring messages tucked away in her treasures – it seems as though their mother is in fact advising them from beyond – they can’t help but soften their long held prejudices, and find that in learning more about who their mother was and what she truly valued, they can also rediscover themselves and maybe, just maybe, find the capacity to heal their fractured relationship as well.
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