Author Lisa Gitlin and Rabbi Andrea Myers visit Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Lisa Gitlin

I Came Out for This?

This Thursday, September 8th, on Woman-Stirred Radio, I welcome author Lisa Gitlin and Rabbi Andrea Meyers.

My first interview, with author Lisa Gitlin, starts at 4:15 (eastern). Her debut novel, I Came Out for This, is getting great reviews, and deservedly so! The book is a well-crafted breath of fresh air, and funny as hell. It is also poignant, emotionally raw, and wonderfully ironic.

Set in the new millennium, the novel follows Joanna Kane, a lesbian newbie who comes out at the age of 47 and dives into the life with gusto and a rage that will, at times, make the reader very uncomfortable. Gitlin’s sense of irony has Joanna running headlong into the ups, downs, and snags of self-discovery and and her search for veracity. Gitlin’s novel has taken the Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal in both humor and fiction.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Gitlin is a graduate of the New School for General Studies (formerly The New School for Social Research. A freelance writer, Lisa Gitlin lives in Washington DC.

Then, at 5:00, I welcome Rabbi Andrea Myers, whose memoir, The Choosing:A rabbi’s journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days, is fresh off Rutgers University Press. The cild of a Roman Catholic Sicilian, and German Lutheran, Myers grew up on Long Island, took a degree in neuroscience from Brandeis University. Myers lived and studied in jerusalem for two years and was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, in New York City, where she currently lives.

“Myers relates tales of new beginnings, of reinventing oneself, and finding oneself. Whether it’s a Sicilian grandmother attempting to bake hamantaschen on Purim for her Jewish granddaughter, or an American in Jerusalem saving a chicken from slaughter during a Rosh Hashanah ritual, Myers keeps readers entertained as she reflects that spirituality, goodness, and morality can and do take many forms. Readers will enthusiastically embrace stories of doors closing and windows opening, of family and community, of integration and transformation. These captivating narratives will resonate and, in the author’s words, “reach across coasts, continents, and generations” (source).

So please join us this Thursday, September 8th on Woman-Stirred Radio, a queer cultural journal, which broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), locally at 91.1 fm (Plainfireld) and 91.7 (Hardwick). We also stream live at WGDR is a community radio station and broadcasts from the campus of Goddard College. Interviews begin at 4:15. Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Posted 06/09/2011 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

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