More than a year ago, Leah Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg of the excellent blog Drinking Diaries contacted me after reading my NYT Modern Love essay and asked if I would be willing to contribute to their upcoming anthology about women and drinking. They encouraged me to write about drinking from a college woman's point of view, and I obliged by writing an essay about my experiences balancing my social life and job as an RA at St. Olaf, which has a dry campus policy.
Drinking Diares: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up is due out next month from Seal Press and I am so excited and honored to be included in this anthology that features essays from writers that I admire so much, including Elissa Schappell and Ann Hood.
There is even going to be a launch part for the book at the Strand Bookstore in NYC, which I am so sad to not be able to attend. I hope we'll be able to organize one in the Chicago area as well, because I would love to meet other contributors and share my excitement about this project. I'm hoping for big things... and we even have a pre-pub blurb!
"Thought-provoking and poignant, Drinking Diaries will inspire readers to consider the role that drinking has played in their own lives--for good and for ill." --Gretchen Rubin, the NYT bestselling author of The Happiness Project