Lorraine Devon Wilke & Laura Nicole Diamond Discuss and Present their New Books Hysterical Love & Shelter Us
Sunday, August 2nd @ 3pm
Lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw is struggling to keep it together for her two young sons and law professor husband. Since the death of their infant daughter, her husband has been buried in his career, her friendships have withered, and Sarah remains lost in a private world of grief. Then one day walking in L.A., Sarah’s heart catches at the sight of a young homeless woman pushing a baby in a stroller―and saving them becomes her obsessive mission. An unlikely bond grows between Sarah and the young mother, Josie. When tragedy threatens Josie, Sarah discovers that she is capable of deceptions and transgressions she never imagined. Her lies unleash a downward spiral that will threaten her marriage, family and her sanity. Shelter Us speaks to the quiet joys and anxieties of parenthood and illuminates a place all parents know: that shadowy space between unconditional love and fear of unbearable loss.
Laura Nicole Diamond is a writer and civil rights lawyer, and the editor of the anthology Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes on her website, www.ConfessionsofMotherhood.com.
Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Will Dan follow his heart back to Jane or does Hysterical Love have other plans for our lovesick hero?
Lorraine Devon Wilke—writer, photographer, singer/songwriter—started early as a creative hyphenate. First, there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays. She kept her hand in music throughout—songwriting, recording, performing—leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album, Somewhere On the Way, She curates and manages both her fine art photography site and personal blog (www.rockpapermusic.com), is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and writes a monthly column for the award-winning northern California newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise.