A Reading with Heidi Barr and Theodore Richards

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Heidi Barr & Theodore Richards

A reading and discussion with Heidi Barr, author of What Comes Next: Between Beauty and Destruction, and Theodore Richards, author of A Letter to my Daughters: Remembering the Lost Dimension & the Texture of Life. A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

At 57th Street Books

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About What Comes Next: Job loss. It’s not something that most people want to think about, whether it happens to them or not–but in modern society, it’s all too common for the words “lay off” and “company downsize” to grace a conversation about how life is going.  Through an honest look at the emotions, feelings, and everyday challenges that can come with losing a job, author Heidi Barr illustrates what going through such an event is like. From disbelief to financial concerns to anxiety over the prospect of a two hour commute after ten years of working from home, this essay explores the uncertainty of not knowing what might be coming next, along with the potential for uncovering the beauty that might just be hidden under what feels like destruction.

“With wit and honesty, Heidi Barr relates what she calls ‘lessons from a layoff,’ when her ‘what if’ became ‘what now?’ Navigating the tension between having the work we do define us and finding what truly matters, Barr questions her own work ethic and ability to see beyond the job. Her capacity to transcend a personal moment of destruction reminds us that we all can dig deep, see beauty, and trust in its ability to heal us, inside and out.” —Amy Nawrocki, author of The Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory

About Heidi Barr: Heidi Barr lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter where they tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. As a mother, spouse, gardener, and wellness coach, she is committed to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet. Author of three books, she holds a Master’s degree in Faith and Health Ministries from Luther Seminary and occasionally coordinates with yoga teachers and organic farms to offer nature-based retreat experiences.

About A Letter to My Daughters: A Letter to My Daughters is the story of the journeys a father took before his daughters were born, before the world had lost its depth and its texture. Before everything and everyone had become a number, a consumer and a product. How, asks the father, can we learn to fall in love with our world again?

"Before you were born, I went on a journey that would take me around the world completely, a spherical, three-dimensional journey. A journey of dirt and blood. A journey of taste and bodily sensation. A journey of texture. I am writing you because I want you to live in this world, to feel it in its fullness, its depth. I want you to fall in love with the world, flawed and sorrowful as it is. Your lives and the world as a whole—these are indistinguishable to me—depend on this." 

“This is travel writing at its most luminous," writes Mirabai Starr. "Theodore Richards combines the storytelling gifts of a bard with the limpid seeing of a contemplative.  His social commentary is penetrating without being violent and his advice to his three beloved children is exquisitely unsentimental.” 

About Theodore Richards: Theodore Richards is the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project, editor of the online magazine Re-imagining: Education, Culture, World, and a board member of Homebound Publications. His work is dedicated to re-imagining education and creating new narratives about our place in the world. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies, but has learned just as much studying the martial art of Bagua; teaching in various settings and students; and as a traveler from the Far East to the Middle East, from southern Africa to the South Pacific. He is the author of seven books and numerous literary awards, including two Nautilus Book Awards and two Independent Publisher Awards. His most recent book is A Letter to My Daughters: Remembering the Lost Dimension & the Texture of Life. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637