Join us for what is sure to be a highly entertaining "Pre-Father's Day" evening as we welcome authors David McGlynn and Chris Erskine to talk about their books, One Day You'll Thank Me and Daditude!
David McGlynn is the author of the memoir A Door in the Ocean and the story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow, winner of the 2008 Utah Book Award for Fiction. Recent work--including excerpts from One Day You'll Thank Me--has appeared in The New York Times, Men's Health, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Parents, and elsewhere. Three of his essays have been named Notable Essays in the Best American Essays anthology and another, "Rough Water," appeared in Best American Sports Writing in 2009. He teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession--the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he'd moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he's doing the right thing--but he's never quite sure.
One Day You'll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into "life lessons" about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters, the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.
Chris Erskine is a longtime humor columnist who mines the rich worlds of fatherhood, marriage, and suburbia; his columns are featured weekly in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and they also appear in many other papers nationwide. The father of four and resident of a quiet L.A. suburb, Erskine is also a staff editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as the author of two previous books, Man of the House and Surviving Suburbia.
Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine's house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that's exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn't. Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of suburban fatherhood. And now, he's gathered the very best of these witty and wise essays--and invited his kids (and maybe even Posh) to annotate them with updated commentary, which they promise won't be too snarky. This handsome book is the perfect gift for the father who would have everything--if he hadn't already given it all to his kids.
"McGlynn's trek through young parenthood--missteps, brawls, avalanches, and all--is as entertaining and shrewd as any book I've read in some time." --James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street
Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine's house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that's exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn't.