Writing One's Life: An Evening with Kelly Barth
October 4, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Commerce & Finance Building, Room 234
A reading and book signing by Kelly Barth, author of the new memoir My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus.
Like many American kids, author Kelly Barth went to Sunday school, sang songs about Zacchaeus, and was tucked in with bedtime prayers. A typical Christian kid, that is, until she develops a searingly deep crush on another little girl playing after-hours in church, and more importantly, until Jesus "a tiny, imaginary Jesus, one that stays; safely tucked behind the baseboard or the petals of a peony" becomes her invisible friend and constant companion.
In her new memoir, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, Barth gives us a candid, touching, and often hilarious account of her journey from childhood to adulthood, and from a fear-driven fundamentalism to a mature spirituality that leaves her both "happily partnered and churched" (Library Journal). Along the way she enables readers to join her in exploring some of the lesser mapped territories of religion, faith, Christianity, authorship, love, and sexuality.
Please join Kelly Barth for a discussion on the art of memoir writing and a reading from her new book. Barth's talk will be followed by a book signing. This event is co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Religious Studies department, English department, and Gay-Straight Alliance. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rosemary Weatherston, WGS Director, at 313-993-1083 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on the author and her book, visit http://www.kellybarth.com.