An Evening with Journalist, Cultural Critic Sarah Seltzer! In conversation with singer/songwriter Sally Fingerett!

Wednesday, August 28, 2024 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Join feminist journalist, cultural critic, and author Sarah Seltzer to learn more about her captivating novel, The Singer Sisters, where two generations of a folk-rock dynasty collide over art, love, longing, and family secrets. Sarah will be in conversation with singer/songwriter and author Sally FIngerett.

Registration is on Eventbrite. The purchase of The Singer Sisters waives the $5 registration fee.

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The Singer Sisters is a rock and roll saga about a family full of formidable, creative, and unforgettable women.

It's 1996, and alt-rocker Emma Cantor is on tour, with her sights trained on a record deal. Emma’s got no lack of inspiration for her music — chiefly her mother Judie, a 1960s folk legend whose confessional songs made her an icon before her mysterious withdrawal from the public eye. Emma is baffled by Judie's coldness and is deeply shaken when she learns a long-kept secret about their family. When Emma uncovers more about her mother's past, she is vaulted to new heights as a performer. But the knowledge she gains also propels her toward a musical betrayal that further fractures her relationship with Judie. Increasingly famous, but fragile and isolated, Emma grapples with her mother’s legacy and what it means for her own future.

With the richness of a beloved folk song, The Singer Sisters moves between ’60s folk clubs and ’90s music festivals, chronicling the ups and downs of stardom while asking what women artists must sacrifice for success.

For more than a decade, Sarah Seltzer has been a feminist journalist and cultural critic. Her lively writing for publications including The New York Times, TIME, Jezebel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and many other places has shaped the discourse on subjects ranging from Hollywood casting to abortion rights, to Jane Austen and beyond. A native and lifelong New Yorker, Sarah is currently the Executive Editor at Lilith MagazineThe Singer Sisters is her debut novel. 

Sally Fingerett is an award-winning composer whose songs have been recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary, Holly Near, and a national collective of LGBTQ choirs. As a performer, author, and a founding member of the touring musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes, she has taken her talents to more than 800 stages around the country over a 30-year run. Releasing 6 solo CDs and 9 Four Bitchin’ Babes cast CDs, Sally can be heard on 15+ compilation recordings both commercial and benefiting various philanthropic organizations. She’s composed music/lyrics for TV and film, and is the author of The Mental Yentl, Stories from a Lifelong Student of Crazy, a collection of humorous essays that shines a loving light on life as a Jewish wife, mother, designated caregiver, and wackadoodle creative artist. Most recently, Sally was honored to be one of the “finalist reader judges” for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.