The Mount Welcomes Kate Bolick for a Reading & Celebration of her Bibliomemoir, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

(Lenox, MA) —On May 15, The Mount will celebrate journalist and cultural critic Kate and the release of her book, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. and includes a reading by Bolick followed by a book signing and reception on The Mount’s Terrace. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. For more information and to register, visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

Bolick first made waves with her powerful 2011 Atlantic cover story, “All the Single Ladies,” about the social and economic trends shaping America’s current romantic landscape. In Spinster, Bolick uses her personal experiences as a starting point.  She takes the reader through her intellectual and sexual coming of age to explore why she, and more than 100 million American women, remain unmarried. “Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence,” Bolick writes, “[and] govern her until they’re answered, even if the answers are nobody and never.” It’s time, Bolick argues, for this to change.

Bolick also introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century who led lives of deliciously shocking modernity and whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened her to fashion a life on her own terms. Bolick calls these women her “Awakeners” and they include: journalist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, published by Crown, was released on April 21, 2015 has been garnering national attention including being named a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

“Kate has started a timely dialogue on relationships and why we might choose to remain single for creative reasons,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “I think Edith would have identified with Kate’s journey and would be pleased to know her difficult choices as a writer have proven inspirational to a new generation.”

Bolick has a long history with The Mount. In 2008, she wrote a story for Slate Magazine about the The Mount financial troubles. Her article helped bring the crisis to national attention. She has returned several times over the past three years, first as part of the 2012 Berkshire WordFest, next as a writer-in-residence, and most recently as host for last summer’s Touchstones series which featured Andre Dubus III and Jennifer Finney Boylan. Bolick and the Touchstones series will be returning in September 2015.

For images, additional information, and to attend the event, please contact: Rebecka McDougall rmcdougall@edithwharton.org.

ABOUT KATE BOLICK:

Kate Bolick is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, freelance writer for ELLE, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and host of “Touchstones at The Mount,” an annual literary interview series at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, MA. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino and a columnist for The Boston Globe. She has appeared on NBC’s Today show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and numerous NPR programs across the country. A recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she holds a master’s in cultural criticism from New York University, where she also taught writing.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

For more information about The Mount, visit EdithWharton.org.

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