Kate Carroll de Gutes, The Authenticity Experiment
We are so happy to be joining Oregon Book Award winner Kate Carroll de Gutes for the Portland launch of her newest book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life, published by Two Sylvias Press. This event will take place at the Fremont Theater (2393 NE Fremont), from 7 to 9 pm. The evening will include live music, a chance to win swag, and the opportunity to feel a little less lonely in the world. This event is free, but you are asked to register for your free tickets at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3072119
In 2012, Kate Carroll de Gutes found herself at a rest stop “ruined with anxiety." Her social media posts, however, had been curated to portray a wonderful life. But when her editor, her best friend, and her mother all died within ten months of each other, de Gutes could no longer keep up the charade. She began The Authenticity Experiment as a 30-day blogging challenge to be more honest about her life. These essays touch on the dark and light, on living a more authentic life, and on putting it out there for everyone to see. The author Domingo Martinez calls it “a masterful navigation of the human soul in both crisis and wonder.”
De Gutes’ first book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. A wry observer and writer who started her career as a journalist, de Gutes is a stickler for the serial comma and raises a ruckus when I use "ask" as a noun (and rightly so). She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Anderson Center, Artsmith, and Centrum. She has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, University of Idaho, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University, as well as at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference. She also teaches on-going classes at the Attic Institute here in Portland.
De Gutes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Portland in a house with lots of light, wood floors, and a view of the best bridge in the city. In the evenings, she sits at her great-grandparents’ quarter-sawn oak table and writes long-hand about grief, the drama of perimenopause and dating, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living.
This event is free and open to the public.