Author Talk & Book Signing
Saturday, November 23 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Two memoirs, Elizabeth Wood’s Bound, and Diane Dewey’s Fixing the Fates, center around the common themes of elder sexuality and what it’s like as an adult child to contend with an aging parent’s sexuality.
One is the author’s mother, and the other is the biological father who arrived at the doorstep of the author when she was age forty-seven. The impact of these sexually charged characters, their mortality, human frailties, and a dissection of their type, if any, are part of the conversation.
Bound by Elizabeth Wood asks: What happens when a 40-something community college professor who studies gender and sexuality learns that her mother, a passive-aggressive and needy woman who hasn’t had a lover in decades, has started seeing men who want to be bound, whipped, and sexually dominated? What happens when, soon after, she has to help her mother face mortality just as she’s starting to enjoy life?
Fixing the Fates by Diane Dewey ponders the question: What happens when a forty-something art gallery worker meets her first biological relative and finds that his unquenchable sexual appetite essentially formed or destroyed the lives of those around him? When faced with her father’s mortality, how does she forgive and he redeem himself? Or do they?
In dialogue, Wood and Dewey look at the writing process, inspiration, and insight making, of two female authors who dared to write what some might say is the unthinkable.
Diane Dewey worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York during the 1990’s, then as executive director for a not-for-profit, ACE, followed by The National Academy, before starting her independent art appraisal business, The Realization of Art. Diane attended Villanova University, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, New York University School of Continuing Studies and Capella University, where she received a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling. Diane divides her time between Flurlingen, Switzerland and St. Petersburg, Florida. Her memoir, Fixing the Fates, published by She Writes Press, is her first book.
Elizabeth Anne Wood chairs the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Nassau Community College, where she has taught sociology since 2000. She is also Senior Strategist for Woodhull Freedom Foundation, the nation’s only human rights organization working full time to protect sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. She earned her PhD at Brandeis University in 1999 and has written critically about sexuality and society ever since. Born on an Army base in Kentucky, Wood grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now divides her time between Queens, NY and Jamaica Plain, Boston.