BAPL is thrilled to host award-winning author Crescent Dragonwagon at BAPL for TWO events on December 12!

I. An Afternoon of Fearless Writing with Crescent Dragonwagon, 12/12, 12:30-2:30

Effervescent, exuberant, and highly entertaining, Crescent Dragonwagon has been called by the Chicago Tribune “one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers…an earthy, yarn-spinning woman.” As you might expect from someone who is known for having prepared cornbread for both an American president and titled royalty, and is the daughter of Marilyn Monroe’s first biographer, Dragonwagon — author of 50 published books, including both James Beard Award and Coretta Scott King Award-winning titles — is full of stories from a lustily-lived life. But look underneath the rollicking and robust, and you’ll find resilience.

“Nothing is wasted on the writer,” as she says, and her determination to mine insight from all of life, not just the happy, showy parts, shows up in her thinking, speaking, and writing, perhaps most strongly her Widowhood Wednesday posts. Twice-widowed, Dragonwagon also deeply believes “the story wants to be told,” and her faith in the narrative itself, as well as helping others explore and and write (and perhaps right, as well) their own narratives, led her to create the Fearless Writing™ classes, courses, and events.



“I think stories,” she sometimes says, “are the universe figuring itself out through us.”

Tickets are $125. Purchase here.

II. Once upon a Time, There Was a Story That Wanted to Be Told: An evening with Crescent Dragonwagon, 12/12, 6:30-7:30

This is a free event with a suggested donation of $25 per person to go towards the renovation of the library’s “Bob Cohen Room.” Please pay at the door and register here.