On Not Mothering

Sunday, May 5 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Sheila Heti, Emilie Pine, Grace Talusan, moderated by Nayomi Munaweera

Whether it’s by choice or chance, not mothering is still considered taboo. Talked about in hushed tones and regarded with pity or disdain, women who don’t mother are made to feel like failures. But what are the windows of possibility opened up by a child-free life? What other kinds of nurturing can happen in its place? Brazen in their vulnerability, Sheila Heti (“Motherhood”), Grace Talusan (“The Body Papers”), and Emilie Pine (“Notes to Self”) break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas, and surprising rewards head-on.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley; Culture Ireland; and the members of Women Lit