He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed
Tuesday, May 10
Avril Benoit hosts a night of fiction-free storytelling about women’s game-changing moments and the men who created a big impact with only a few little words, at the launch of He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed. Storytelling group 10 ½ stories kicks off the evening asking audience members to share their true-life tales and a...necdotes about what he said and what happened next. He Said What? editor and author Victoria Zackheim and contributing authors Dianne Rinehart discuss the words that completely transformed their lives and Toronto singer, Erika Werry takes the stage with her special blend of roots rock.
HE SAID WHAT? WOMEN WRITE ABOUT MOMENTS WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED:
In He Said What? twenty-five gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably. Joyce Maynard reveals the profound humiliation and trauma she suffered when, after dropping out of Yale to move in with J.D. Salinger at just 18, he suddenly ordered her to pack her bags and leave. Author and screenwriter Amy Ferris writes about what her father said to her after she dropped out of high school at 15—right before she flew across the country to hitchhike her way from San Francisco to an Oregon commune. Canadian journalist Dianne Rinehart relives going to Beijing to cover the United Nations Women’s Rights conference, only to find out while she’s there that her husband has been paying as little respect to his marriage vows as her host city has been paying to women’s rights.
With additional contributions from Margot Duxler, Beverly Donofrio, Sherry Glaser, Abby Frucht, Jane Ganahl, Christine Kehl O’Hagan, Susanne Dunlap, Caroline Leavitt, and more, this is a beautifully-penned, intimate collection of stories about the powerful impact that the right—or wrong—words can have on a person’s life.