Are you in a book club? Knitting club? Cherish your friends most in times of need? A hopeless romantic? Suffered a devastating loss? An adoptive parent? Author Ann Hood, coming to the library in March, has a book for you. Ann's own life has given her a treasure chest of serious issues that women face. Her characters are written with tragedy, love and weaknesses that make them relatable. Ann started writing as a TWA flight attendant, her job while attending graduate school at NYU, studying American Literature.
She has suffered great loss both with her older brother dying and then tragically, her five-year-old daughter dying suddenly from strep. Her struggles with grief are portrayed in her novels and in her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. As she has found knitting to be a source of solace for her, that passion is expressed in her participation in two anthologies on authors writing about knitting.
Ann is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City and she also teaches at New York University. She is the recipient of the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award.
During her book tour around the country for her most recent book, The Book That Matters Most, her publicist issues a challenge: visit 60 book clubs by the time you turn 60. Ann ended her book tour visiting more than 75 book clubs.
Hear this very special author talk about her life in writing on Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Library, located downtown at 401 E University Avenue.