April 13, 2020 12:00pm — April 13, 2020 1:00pm
BOOK TALK ON ZOOM | REGISTRATION REQUIRED | FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Bring your lunch and join us for an online Brown Bag Book Talk on Zoom with Merrill College alum and author Leslie Gray Streeter ’93. During this virtual event, Streeter will read an excerpt from her recently published book, “Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like ‘Journey’ in the Title,” and discuss the path that led her to writing the book as well as what her time at Maryland meant to her. The audience will have the opportunity for a Q&A with Streeter.
If you would like to read the book beforehand, we encourage you to order and support your local bookstore if possible. Otherwise, it is available online by purchase through Amazon and other sellers nationwide.
Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link for the event.
About Leslie Gray Streeter: Leslie Gray Streeter is an entertainment columnist for The Palm Beach Post. Her writing has been featured in the Miami Herald, Modern Loss and elsewhere. Streeter’s many speaking engagements include annual appearances at Camp Widow, a national organization for widowed people reaching nearly 500,000, and a series of book club events for women. Streeter lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, with her mother, Tina, and her son, Brooks.
About Black Widow: With her signature warmth, hilarity and tendency to overshare, Leslie Gray Streeter gives us real talk about love, loss, grief and healing in your own way. Leslie is a writer for The Palm Beach Post and frequent guest speaker at Camp Widow. She is also a frequent contributor to Modern Loss and was interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning back in November about new ways to deal with grief and sadness, and what not to say to a grieving person. Leslie is not cut out for widowhood. She’s not ready for hushed rooms and pitying looks. She is not ready to stand graveside, dabbing her eyes in a classy black hat. If she had her way, she’d wear her favorite curve-hugging leopard print dress to Scott’s funeral; he loved her in that dress! But, here she is, having lost her soulmate to a sudden heart attack, totally unsure of how to navigate her new widow lifestyle. (“New widow lifestyle.” Sounds like something you’d find products for on daytime TV, like comfy track suits and compression socks. Wait, is a widow even allowed to make jokes?) Looking at widowhood through the prism of race, mixed marriage and aging, Black Widow (Little, Brown; 3/10/20; $27.00; hardcover) redefines the stages of grief, from coffin shopping to day-drinking, to being a grown-ass woman crying for your mommy, to breaking up and making up with God, to facing the fact that life goes on even after the death of the person you were supposed to live it with. While she stumbles toward an uncertain future as a single mother raising a baby with her own widowed mother (plot twist!), Leslie looks back on her love story with Scott, recounting their journey through racism, religious differences and persistent confusion about what kugel is. Will she find the strength to finish the most important thing that she and Scott started. Tender, true and endearingly hilarious, Black Widow is a story about the power of love, and how the only guide book for recovery is the one you write yourself.