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Published on March 14, 2017 12:46PM


The experience of raising a transgender child will take center stage in Manzanita on Saturday, March 18, when Laurie Frankel reads from her new novel “This Is How It Always Is.”

The book tells the story of a family of five boys, the youngest of whom becomes a girl. Frankel has drawn on her own experiences as a parent with a transgender daughter to write a novel for anyone who has to toss out the best laid plans in the face of the unexpected, and for anyone who finds changes both terrifying and miraculous.

The novel has won praise as “well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting,” by Kirkus, while People magazine described it as being “in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017.”

Frankel, who lives in Seattle with her daughter and husband, is the author of two previous novels, “The Atlas of Love” and “Goodbye for Now.”

Saturday’s reading will start at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, and will be followed by a Q&A and an Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read five minutes of their original work. The suggested theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Earlier that same day, Frankel will lead a workshop entitled “Project Journaling,” aimed at showing writers how keeping a journal can help with projects ranging from novels and memoirs to poetry and blog posts.

“The idea is that in addition to writing whatever you’re writing, you also write about it,” Frankel said, “your goals/milestones, your thoughts about directions to go next, realizations about what you need to go back and fix, research done and how it might be incorporated, research that still needs doing, problem-solving, to-do lists.”

The workshop will run from 1 to 3:30 pm Hoffman Center for the Arts. Tuition is $40 and registration is available at hoffmanblog.org.

For more information, go to hoffmanblog.org or email Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.



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