Avid Bookshop presents author Dale M. Kushner in celebration of her book The Conditions of Love. This event will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. There is no admission charge.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dale M. Kushner grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey on a street that was once a peach orchard—Elberta Road. She has been a long time-investigator of the intersection between poetry and spiritual life. In the early 1990’s, as a visiting writer to the former Yugoslavia, she attended an international conference on The End of Utopia and The New World Order. This experience kindled her awareness of the collective value of literature, and writers as the voice of national conscience. Her poetry and fiction have been influenced by Carl Jung, and the power of myths and archetypal images at work in the world.Ms. Kushner is the founder and director of The Writer’s Place, a literary center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts and has been honored by a fellowship to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute as a participant of their first writers’ conference on compassion and forgiveness. Her work has been widely published in literary journals including Image, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Witness, Fifth Wednesday and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collection More Alive Than Lions Roaring was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award at Utah State Press, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize at University of Utah Press and The Tupelo Prize. Her story “When You Open the Door, Where Are You?” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is on the core faculty of The Assisi Institute, a Jungian think-tank in Brattleboro, Vermont and will assume the position of Poetry Editor for The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling September 2013.She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin. The Conditions of Love is her first novel.ABOUT THE BOOK: In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the rural backwaters of Wisconsin with her mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father, Eunice worries that she will share her mother’s fate and become a misfit. When the devoted Sam moves in, Eunice imagines her life will become normal. Through her eyes we see the dissolution of hope when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm precipitates Eunice’s journey away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice’s odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit’s shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to reject bitterness and revenge and keep her heart open, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life, survives and flourishes. In each of the three sections Eunice is tested by destructive forces. Her innocence is lost and regained through her ability to confront and absorb change and an innate capacity for joy. The Conditions of Love explores how destiny is wrestled from fate, how place and culture affect who we are, and how the bonds of friendship and love create a home for us in the world.