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ICYMI: Mother’s Day Week in Review

Flyer_B&N_FinalAfter our two-week long Mother’s Day blitz, we at the Museum of Motherhood are feeling a range of emotions: engaged, curious, tired, brave, inquisitive, grateful, overworked, eager, empowered, loved, etc. (all of which resonate with the self-described experience of motherhood!). Our annual conference, and subsequent week of special readings/appearances at the Upper West Side Barnes & Noble and award ceremony for our Motherhood Hall of Fame were all a tremendous success! In case you missed any of the events, here’s a brief recap:

On Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2, we grappled with concepts related to “New Maternalisms”, including visual depictions of motherhood, doula work, motherhood identity, maternal storytelling, mothers navigating disabilities, institutional barriers to motherhood, work-life balance, body/breastfeeding issues, and motherhood theory. We heard a keynote from Barbara Katz Rothman on “Mothers as Fathers.” Our own Joy Rose introduced the formation of her burgeoning field of Mother Studies and associated academic journal.

On Wednesday, May 7, we heard from Marjorie Kessler and selections of her compilation from a series of mom-centric authors, The Mom Egg Review.

On Thursday, May 8, we honored Ann Fessler and Amber Kinser with their induction to the Motherhood Hall of Fame. Both authors spoke about their pieces – The Girls Who Went Away and Motherhood and Feminism, respectively. We got a more in-depth perspective of their writing/research journeys through a Q & A session with both women following the recognition ceremony.

On Friday, May 9, we welcomed select authors from Listen to Your Mother, a collection of 56 soul-bearing essays on motherhood, childbearing, family, and parenting.

On Saturday, May 10, we got to meet family nutrition guru, Laura Fuentes. Laura shared insight on family food, children’s health, recipe development, and mom-trepreneurism.

Lastly as a special Mother’s Day treat, on Sunday, we had the privilege of hearing from back-to-back speakers. First, Katharine Holabird, author of the famous Angelina Ballerina series enchanted us with a glimpse into her whimsical world. Then, Susan Konig – editor, journalist, radio host, and writer – spoke about her new book, Teenagers and Toddlers Are Trying to Kill Me. Then, we celebrated Mother’s Day with a bang!

Written by: Jenny Nigro, MoM Online Intern

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“Listen to Your Mother” Event 5/8

Listen to Your MotherIn preparation for our Mother’s Day week of events, we have been announcing the lineup of special guests and speakers that are participating in our Barnes and Noble fundraiser. We are excited to announce the content of our May 8 reading to be held at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble location (at 82nd and Broadway). On Friday, May 8 we will welcome select authors from Listen to Your Mother, a compilation of essays from authors of different genders, ages, and races that give voice to the kaleidoscopic nature of motherhood. This event is in time with our book fair. Anyone who purchases books from May 6-15 through barnesandnoble.com and uses the code 11455805 will see a portion of their sale go to the Museum of Motherhood.

For more information about Listen to Your Mother, please check out this press release submitted by Amy Wilson:

PRESS RELEASE FOR MUSEUM OF MOTHERHOOD 5/8 “LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER” EVENT

  • “In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, WI, to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood, and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew into an annual national performance sensation, with nearly 40 nationwide events scheduled for May 2015. Now, in LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; April 7, 2015; $25.95), Imig brings to the page what she helped bring to the stage five years ago with this collection of 56 candid, funny, poignant, unexpected, and soul-bearing essays. The contributors to this powerful anthology bravely share their stories, ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, showcasing the experiences of ordinary people from a broad spectrum of racial, gender, and age backgrounds. With a roster of writers that includes first time essayists and New York Times-bestselling authors Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Lawson and others, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER reflects our diverse contemporary lifestyles and rapidly changing definitions of motherhood.”
  • AUTHORS PRESENT THAT NIGHT WITH ESSAYS IN THE BOOK INCLUDE
    • PATTY CHANG ANKER is the author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave which Oprah.com calls “Downright inspiring,” is a Parents Magazine “Mom Must Read” and a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in O Magazine, Dr Oz The Good LIfe, WallStreetJournal.com and NPR,org. She blogs regularly for PsychologyToday.com‘s anxiety section and was named a Good Housekeeping “Blogger We Love” and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom for her own blog, Facing Forty Upside Down. When she’s not speaking or leading workshops on facing fears she can be found chasing her two daughters across Westchester County. @PattyChangAnker www.pattychanganker.com
    • KATHY CURTO teaches Writing at Montclair State University and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her work has been published in Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, Lumina, The Mom Egg and Splash of Red.  Kathy has shared her stories with audiences across the metropolitan area, in Washington DC and in the beautiful town of Erice on the island of Sicily and has also been a featured guest essayist on NPR.   In 2012 she was selected as one of the cast members of the first NYC Listen to Your Mother show.  Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children.  Please visit her website: kathycurto.com.
    • EDWARD MCCANN Is a writer whose features and essays have been published in national magazines and literary journals.  A contributing editor for Country Living magazine, Ed has also written the text for several published books. He worked nearly a decade as an award-winning television writer and producer, originating a weekly broadcast magazine show and collaborating on a series of documentaries and special news reports.  At The Culinary Institute of America, Ed spent a year creating instructional videos for students and for the hospitality industry, then partnered with designer Richard Kollath to collaborate on publishing projects and form their new design company, Kollath McCann Creative Services.
    • BARBARA PATRICK passionate owner of Bitty Birdie Design, is a quilter and fabric artist who lovingly turns vibrant fabrics into keepsakes of many types.  She is also a wife and mother to three children in three different schools in Newtown, CT.  Barb functions at two speeds — efficiently OCD or asleep.  This is Barb’s debut into weaving words together for all the world to see.  Connect with Barb at BittyBirdie.com.
    • AMY WILSON is the author of When Did I Get Like This? (HarperCollins, Target “Emerging Author” selection) and Mother Load, a one-woman show which toured to 16 cities nationwide after its hit run off-Broadway.  As an actor, Amy also co-starred in The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway, appeared as a series regular on two sitcoms (NBC’s Daddio and ABC’s Norm), and has guest starred in many other TV shows and films. She has written for magazines like Redbook and Parenting, and websites like CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. Blog: whendidigetlikethis.com.

Arranged by: Jenny Nigro, MoM Online Intern