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May 24, 2011 > Bestselling author to appear

Bestselling author to appear

Submitted by Sally Thomas
Photo by Stephanie Rausser

On Tuesday, May 31, bestselling author Ayelet Waldman will appear at the Hayward Public Library, following the reading of three of her books in Library book groups this month.

Ayelet Waldman is the author of The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Rebecca Steinitz, in a Boston Globe review of Bad Mother wrote:

"Waldman is often an astute commentator on contemporary parenting. In Sexy Witches and Cereal Boxes, she is nuanced and thoughtful about the perils of teenage sexuality and the importance of parental honesty. In So Ready to Be the Mother of a Loser, she comes to terms with the fact that her children are different from her, and she needs to parent them as they are, not as the versions of herself she thought they would be. In the book's most beautiful and powerful essay, Rocketship, she tells the story of aborting her third pregnancy after amniocentesis revealed a genetic defect, an event that caused her to rethink abortion, face her guilt, and, ultimately, heal. In each of these essays, and in others, women and mothers - friends, relatives, strangers - are supportive, thoughtful, funny, honest, even loving."

Waldman is also the author of the novels Red Hook Road; Love and Other Impossible Pursuits; Daughter's Keeper and the Mommy-Track Mysteries. Her personal essays have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE Magazine, Vogue, Allure, O Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Cookie, Child, Parenting, Real Simple, Health and Her radio commentaries have appeared on "All Things Considered" and "The California Report." Get more details about her writing and current projects at

Outspoken and candid about both the personal and political, Waldman can be counted on to engage with her audience. Whether you have read her books or not, this is a unique opportunity to find out about her work and her current projects, which include collaborating with her husband Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, to develop a show for HBO, tentatively titled "Hobgoblin." The show "revolves around a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII."

Hayward's Book Shop on B Street will be on hand to sell books, which audience members can purchase and get signed by the author.

Author Ayelet Waldman
Tuesday, May 31
6 p.m.
Hayward Public Library
835 "C" Street, Hayward
(510) 881-7700

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