Two of our Raven Books authors did readings recently, and we have pictures!
Kelly J. Baker did a reading from Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces to a full house at Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida.
Here’s what Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor is In, has to say about Grace Period:
Grace Period tracks the trials and triumphs of Baker’s post-academic transition from 2013 to 2017 with great insight and humor. Baker deftly balances personal struggles and broad institutional inequities as she confronts the trauma of leaving the academy. Recounting the many miseries of applying, adjuncting, interviews, rejection, writing, book contracts, disappearing jobs, and a certain disciplinary task force on contingency, Baker makes her way to the personal turning point, smack in the middle of the book: “I’m no longer transitioning away from academic work and life. I’m moving forward, one small step at a time.” Her journey will help many traverse their own paths forward.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal joined fellow authors Barbara Claypole White and Katharine Ashe for a reading at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC, for a discussion of books and mental health. She read from her new book Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education.
Here’s what Catherine J. Prendergast, Ph.D., a leading professor of disability studies, has to say about Life of the Mind Interrupted:
Katie Rose Guest Pryal is one of the foremost writers of disability and higher education we have today. Like Kay Redfield Jamison and Elyn Saks, Pryal pulls aside the curtain to look at what academic life is like for someone with a mental disability. With unmatched legal insight into the intersection of disability and university life, Pryal’s writing is also accessible. Reading her writing is like sitting down to coffee with a friend. Covering vital topics such as disclosure, collegiality, and accommodations, Life of the Mind Interrupted helps academics and friends of academics navigate the thickets of higher education, where expectations of “sound mind” are cruelly at odds with the reality of disability. In Pryal’s work we see hope: For a kinder, more just, more capacious understanding of what it means to be human, to pursue knowledge, and to educate.