• Eat Joy

    by Natalie Garrett
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    Eat Joy

Laura van den Berg and Claire Messud

present

Eat Joy:
Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

in conversation with NATALIE EVE GARRETT

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
30
Wednesday
October 30, 2019
7:30 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated local authors and contributors LAURA VAN DEN BERG and CLAIRE MESSUD for a discussion of Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers. They will be joined in conversation by artist and writer NATALIE EVE GARRETT, the editor of Eat Joy.

About Eat Joy

This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times―be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.

Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make “a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin.” What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.

Praise for Eat Joy

"Natalie Eve Garrett's Eat Joy does this magical thing where it makes you remember the tastes of the heaviest times in your life, while reminding you that everyone on earth has experienced the taste of love and loss, though none of our tastes are the same. This is the first collection that ever made me want to sensually eat, cook, write, and thank all the wonderful makers of the most memorable memories in my life." ―Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

"Food is a key to unlocking memories. The nourishing stories in Eat Joy show us that thinking about what we've eaten is the easiest way to remember the bitter, the beautiful, and everything in between." ―Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories and host of Keep Calm and Cook On

"Food binds this book together, and each beautifully told story circles life’s truths in ways that are surprising, often revelatory, and always moving. It’s impossible not to love Eat Joy, and equally impossible not to want to bake and eat these dishes while reading. It's an extraordinary collection." ―Dorie Greenspan, James Beard Award–winning author of Everyday Dorie

Claire Messud
Claire Messud

Claire Messud

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of seven previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, Messud lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Photo credit: Ulf Andersen

Laura van den Berg
Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg’s most recent novel, The Third Hotel, was an ABA IndieNext Pick, named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen outlets, and was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of one previous novel, Find Me, and two story collections. Born and raised in Florida, Laura currently lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and dog, and is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard. Her next story collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, is forthcoming from FSG in 2020.

Natalie Eve Garrett
Natalie Eve Garrett

Natalie Eve Garrett

Natalie Eve Garrett is an artist and writer, and the editor of The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes and the forthcoming Lonely Stories: 20 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Perils of Being Alone. She lives in a town outside Washington, D.C., and along the Potomac River with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Anna Carson DeWitt

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Event Series: Good Taste: Conversations on Food and Writing

Harvard Book Store's Good Taste series highlights exciting new cookbooks, food writing, and work that centers around the role food plays in our communities and daily lives.

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