Meredith Maran / The New Old Me

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran—whom Anne Lamott calls “insightful, funny, and human”—leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes The New Old Me, “a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time” (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train).


Meredith will be in conversation with Faith Adiele! Please join us.









“High time we had a book that celebrates becoming an elder! Meredith Maran writes of the difficulties of loss and change and aging, but makes it clear that getting on can be more interesting, more fun, and a lot more exciting than youth.” -- Abigail Thomas, author of the New York Times bestseller What Comes Next and How to Like It

The New Old Me is a book I don’t just want to read – I need to read it. So does everyone else who’s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone.” -- Anne Lamott, author of the New York Times bestsellers Bird by Bird and Some Assembly Required

“Meredith Maran is my new role model for getting older without getting old.” -- Kate Christensen, author of the PEN/Faulkner award winner The Great Man





Meredith Maran is the author of fourteen books, including The New Old Me, Why We Write About OurselvesWhy We WriteMy Lie, and A Theory of Small Earthquakes. She's a book critic and essayist for newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago TribuneThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a restored historic bungalow in Los Angeles.


Faith Adiele is author of two memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems (Shebooks) a witty, tricultural look at black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton & Co.), a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, which received PEN Open Book Award. She is so-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press) and the writer, narrator, and subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home. She is Associate Professor of Writing at California College of the Arts and launched the first workshop for travel writers of color through VONA/Voices. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, runs an African Book Club, occasionally does live storytelling on stage, and is wrapping up Twins: An Afro-Viking Epic, which tracks 4 generations of family across 3 continents.




RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of The New Old Me or another of Meredith's books, please order below and put your request in the comments field. 




The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399574139
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 14th, 2017

Why We Write about Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature Cover Image
By Meredith Maran (Editor)
ISBN: 9780142181973
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Published: Plume Books - January 26th, 2016

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do Cover Image
By Meredith Maran (Editor)
ISBN: 9780452298156
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Published: Plume Books - January 29th, 2013

A Theory of Small Earthquakes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593764302
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 24th, 2012

Dirty: A Search for Answers Inside America's Teenage Drug Epidemic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060730611
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Published: HarperOne - September 8th, 2017

Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393326734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 2005

Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology Cover Image
By Faith Adiele (Editor), Mary Frosch (Editor)
ISBN: 9781595580801
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Published: New Press - August 1st, 2007