OBLONG ONLINE: Elizabeth Lesser in conversation with Dani Shapiro

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom

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Elizabeth Lesser believes that if women’s voices had been equally heard and respected throughout history, humankind would have followed different hero myths and guiding stories—stories that value caretaking, champion compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence. At this event she will talk with bestselling author Dani Shapiro about her new book Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes.

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Cassandra Speaks is a beautifully balanced synthesis of storytelling, memoir, and cultural observation. Women, men, and all people will find themselves in the pages of this book and will come away strengthened, opened, and ready to work together to create a better world for all people. Brilliantly structured into three distinct parts, Part One explores how history is carried forward through the stories a culture tells and values, and what we can do to balance the scales. Part Two looks at women and power and expands what it means to be courageous, daring, and strong. And Part Three offers “A Toolbox for Inner Strength.” Lesser argues that change in the culture starts with inner change and that no one—woman or man—is immune to the corrupting influence of power. She provides inner tools to help us be both strong-willed and kind-hearted.

“Every chapter of this blazingly wonderful book hit home. It gave me strength, comfort and hope."— Sally Field, Academy-award winning actor, bestselling author of In Pieces

"Cassandra Speaks delivers an urgent message to women to listen within, follow their instincts, and do power differently."— Alyssa Milano, actor and activist

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder of Omega Institute and the author of MarrowThe Seeker’s Guide; and the New York Times bestseller Broken Open. She has given two popular TED talks and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of one hundred leaders who are using their voices and talents to elevate humanity. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.

Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs Inheritance, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, and many other publications. Dani has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University. She is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut with her family.

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ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020