Avid Bookshop will host Nina Gaby and Susan Cushman in celebration of their book, Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. There is no admission fee.ABOUT THE AUTHORS:Nina Gaby is a writer, widely shown visual artist, and psychiatric nurse practitioner whose essays and fiction have been published by Lilith Magazine, Creative Non Fiction's In Fact Imprint, Seal Press, Paper Journey Press, Wising-Up Press, The Prose-Poem Project, and on brevity.com. Susan Cushman was co-director of the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference. She was director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop, and co-director of the 2010 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference (Oxford, Mississippi). She was a panelist at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival and the 2012 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, a speaker at the 2012 Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and a panelist at the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference (Berry College, Rome, Georgia). Susan is a six-year "alumni" of the Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers Workshop in Oxford, Mississippi. She lives in Memphis, where she is seeking agent representation for her novel, Cherry Bomb, which made the Short List for the 2011 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She has begun drafting another novel, Red, Black, Silver.ABOUT THE BOOK:There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., Lucy and Ethel, and Thelma and Louise made history. And that's what makes being dumped by a woman friend so excruciating: you expect romantic relationships to break up eventually but you don t expect it from your friendships. And when it happens, you feel as though there should be an Adele song for you but there isn't. Dumped: Women Unfriending Women fills that void, exploring the universal experience of being discarded by those from whom you expected more. The essays in Dumped aren't stories of friendship dying a mutually agreed upon death, or of falling out of touch and reconnecting years later to find you haven't missed a beat. These are stories by established and emerging authors who, like you, may have found themselves erased, without context. These, like your own, are stories that stay with you, maybe for a lifetime.