Lunchtime with the Authors – Bess Kalb and Elayne Klasson
Enjoy your lunch with Bess Kalb, author of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, and Elayne Klasson, author of Love is a Rebellious Bird.
About Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (As Told To Me) Story:
Bess Kalb, Emmy-nominated TV writer, saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force – irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life. With humor and poignancy, Bess Kalb gives us proof of the special bond that can skip a generation and endure beyond death.
About the Author:
Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer’s Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars, the Emmys, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Daily Shouts” column. Her work has been published in The New Republic, Grantland, Salon, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere. Bess currently lives in Los Angeles.
About Love is a Rebellious Bird:
Who is it we love and why do we love them? Toward the end of her life, Judith asks these questions, trying to understand why she chose Elliot Pine to love. Why, for sixty years, did she persist in loving someone who never gave as much as he was given? Her feelings for this man cost her and impinged on every other relationship in her life. After sixty years, however, it all changes. Judith makes one more profound sacrifice, finally achieving long-awaited happiness.
About the Author:
Elayne Klasson has had a long career in academia and journalism both in California and in the Caribbean. In her seventies, she has now published her first novel to excellent critical reviews – winning and being short-listed for several prizes for contemporary and debut fiction (including being a finalist for The Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction from the National Jewish Book Awards).