LSC: Literary Reading and Conversation with Lori Horvitz and Jennifer McGaha
March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Lori Horvitz (*The Girls of Usually* and *Collect Call to My Mother*) and Jennifer McGaha (*Flat Broke With Two Goats* and *Bushwhacking*) for a reading and conversation about their new books. Horvitz and McGaha will also lead a memoir-writing workshop at 6 PM. You can attend both the workshop and reading, or just the reading at 7 PM
Both the writing workshop and the reading will be held in the Mountain View Room of the Sherrill Center on UNC Asheville Campus. The events are free to attend and open to the public, but please sign up here (on meetup) and register in advance: [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbNSTv5UqgJnKHVGK7wLIstzL4kA-yfthS2gMwfUl30GK4Qw/viewform](https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbNSTv5UqgJnKHVGK7wLIstzL4kA-yfthS2gMwfUl30GK4Qw/viewform)
*Collect Call to My Mother* follows Lori Horvitz’ experiences as a queer Jewish New Yorker living in the South, looking for love in the internet age. When she teaches a class of queer college students who look to her as a role model, what they don’t know is that she spent her twenties and thirties in the closet and leapt from one relationship disaster to the next. Each of her turbulent trysts helps unearth the roots of her poor judgment: a chaotic upbringing, compounded by her mother’s emotional distance and early death. In these essays exploring themes of love, family, and grief, Horvitz gradually embraces who she is and finds a healthy, long-term relationship.
**Praise for *Collect Call to My Mother***
“A scintillating collection, full of subtle wit and passionate yearning.”
––*Kirkus Review* (starred review)
Part writing memoir, part nature memoir, part meditation on a life well lived, *Bushwhacking* draws upon the author’s experiences running, hiking, biking, paddling, and ziplining in the woods to offer readers encouragement and practical suggestions to accompany them on their writing and life journeys. Firmly rooted in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, *Bushwhacking* is written in the vein of Anne Lamott’s *Bird by Bird*, Annie Dillard’s *The Writing Life*, and Natalie Goldberg *Writing Down the Bones*. Each chapter links a writing insight to an adventure in the woods, and a guide at the end of the book offers timely, relevant writing prompts.
**Praise for *Bushwhacking***
“Gutsy, entertaining, and heartening, McGaha’s dispatches guide and inspire.” ––*Publisher’s Weekly*