Book Passage Presents
Wed., August 18, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Grace Kraaijvanger
Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they'd be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends.
The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?
Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt—and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a week-long interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.
Laura Munson is the New York Times bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times “Modern Love” column, and her speaking events at women’s conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching over a thousand people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. The hardcover version of Willa’s Grove is a USA Today bestseller and her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.
Grace Kraaijvanger is a visionary entrepreneur, artist, and community-maker, as well as Founder of The Hivery, a coworking space and inspiration lab with two locations in the Bay Area and a global community. The Hivery began as a realization of her long standing dream to create literal and metaphorical space for each of us to reach our fullest potential. All are welcome at The Hivery as a celebration of the power and impact of kindness in community and business. Grace is a go-to speaker, writer, and business mentor who has interviewed and hosted luminaries like Dr. and First Lady of the United States Jill Biden, Diane von Furstenberg, Tara Mohr, Lynne Twist, Dr. Tererai Trent, Chip Conley, Elle Luna, Rosie Acosta, Marie Forleo, and many more. Grace and The Hivery have been featured in outlets such as Domino, San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is currently working on a book on the meaning and moments of grace.