Book Passage Presents
Tues., August 10, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Sara B. Franklin
At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but she felt that something inside her had changed irrevocably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we’d like to believe.
Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we’re “born this way.” Suddenly she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.
Molly Wizenberg is the author of two bestselling books, A Homemade Life and Delancey, and the James Beard Award–winning blog Orangette. She has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Saveur, and Bon Appétit, and she also cohosts the podcast Spilled Milk. With chef Brandon Pettit, Wizenberg cofounded the award-winning Seattle restaurants Delancey and Essex.
Sara B. Franklin is a writer, professor and mother. She is the editor of Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, the co-author of the The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook, and the author of a forthcoming book on the legendary editor, Judith Jones. Sara holds a PhD in Food Studies and, in 2020, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars fellowship. She teaches courses on oral history, food studies, and writing at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU, as well as via the Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility. She lives, writes, gardens, cooks, and wrangles her twin children, chickens and dogs in Kingston, NY.
Molly Wizenberg photo by Dorothée Brand