Please join us for a free reading, conversation, and book-signing for The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs. For this event, Boggs will be in conversation with one of our favorite local authors, Eula Biss.
The Art of Waiting is a brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility, Boggs’ collection is staggeringly wide-ranging--from the way that longing for a child plays out in the classic Coen brothers film Raising Arizona to the financial and legal complications that accompany alternative means of family making. She reports, with great empathy, complex stories of couples who adopted domestically and from overseas, LGBT couples considering assisted reproduction and surrogacy, and women and men reflecting on childless or child-free lives. Boggs deftly distills her time of waiting into an expansive contemplation of the many possible roads to making a life and making a family. Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, Slate, and many other publications. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University. Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity, The Balloonists, and Notes from No Man's Land, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and which Salon deemed "the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century." Her work has appeared in The Believer, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in the Chicago area and teaches at Northwestern University.