Avid Bookshop presents Anne Gisleson for her book, The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading. This event will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 6-7pm at our Prince Ave. location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book and to get it signed by the author!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and watched cancer take the life of her beloved father. Before she met her husband, Brad, he had suffered his own trauma, losing his partner and the mother of his son to cancer in her early thirties. "How do we keep moving forward," Anne asks, "amid all this loss and threat?" The answer: "We do it together."
While forging their happiness, Anne and Brad found that their friends had been suffering their own crises: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, jobs lost or gained. Together they formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, jokingly dubbed "the Futilitarians." From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis, they read and talked about the questions that dogged them most. In the year after her father's death, these living-room gatherings in post-Katrina New Orleans helped Anne blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief and finally share the untold story of her family. Written with wisdom, soul, and a playful sense of humor, The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Gisleson's work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The Believer, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Times, and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including Best American Non-Required Reading. For years, Anne was chair of the Creative Writing Program at the internationally-renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2005, she co-founded Antenna in New Orleans, where she lives.