Motherhood, the Glorious EarthquakeSunday, May 8 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- In-Person Only
Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1
Motherhood is such a transformative experience in a woman’s life—in her body, psyche, place within the generations—that it’s the rare writer who can capture its complexities. Today we present three. Mexican essayist Jazmina Barrera’s stunning essay-memoir, Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy & Earthquakes, recounts her pregnancy, birth, and early life as a mother with startling intimacy. Pulitzer finalist Chloé Cooper Jones recalls, in her memoir Easy Beauty , how the physical and emotional pain of having a disability was utterly transformed when she became a mother. International Booker Prize winner Jokha Alharthi’s novels probe women’s experience as grandmothers, mothers, caretakers, daughters, and sisters; in her latest masterwork, Bitter Orange Tree, a young Omani woman is haunted by the memory of the woman who raised her and thus sacrificed her dream of a husband and children of her own.
Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM
Presented in partnership with Words Without Borders and co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation