The ties that bind
With Mother’s Day now behind us and Father’s Day just about a month away, the greeting-card industry is at the peak of its sentimental guilt harvest. But often, what must be said between parents and children can’t be achieved by a card, a silk tie, or a box of chocolates. Enter Robert Wilder and Diana Joseph, two writers who make no bones about the profound tenderness and endless supply of humor to be mined from the people they love.
Wilder — a local columnist and author — celebrates the release of editor Andrea N. Richesin’s What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To, and Letting Go of Their Daughters, a follow-up
to Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond. Wilder’s contribution to the anthology is a heartwrenching yet hilarious essay titled “The Man on the Stairs,” in which he states, “A father’s love for his daughter is borne out of weakness and that’s the way it should be.”
In her uproariously funny and brutally honest memoir, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog, Joseph looks back at the male figures in her life that helped define her, including her father, her conservative son, and a dog that humps furniture. As part of their Bada$$ Mother-father Tour, Wilder and Joseph read from and sign copies of their most recent published works at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., 988-4226.