An Evening with Author Gayle Forman (PDF)

Gayle Forman, author of Leave Me, will speak twice as part of the free author evening series sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library. For our alumnae and supporters in the Denver area, we have added an evening in Denver just for you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Denver Public Library
Central Conference Room
100 W. 14th Avenue
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7-9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect Road
Fort Collins

Free and open to the public — no tickets are required.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. in Denver and 6:30 p.m. in Fort Collins, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  A book signing and sales will follow the programs.

Leave Me by Gayle FormanGayle Forman has made a name for herself in the world of young-adult literature with her blockbuster, captivating, award-winning novels, including I Was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel that was adapted into a major motion picture in 2014. Now, with Leave Me, Forman makes the leap into adult fiction, drawing on her trademark insight and wit to tell a story of marriage, motherhood, and friendship that will resonate with readers of all ages.  Leave Me is the book that every mother will want to read, and every father should read.

Like so many working mothers, Maribeth Klein, a forty-four-year-old magazine editor, wife, and mother of twins in New York City, always puts herself last. One day she suffers a heart attack. Assuming her symptoms are simply the stress of her busy life, she doesn’t even realize what has happened. After emergency bypass surgery, Maribeth’s recuperation appears to be an imposition on those who rely on her, and when the usual daily demands from her family don’t let up, Maribeth begins to fear what will happen to herself, and her children, if she continues to backslide. So she does what so many mothers secretly fantasize about doing—she packs a bag, buys a one-way train ticket, and goes off the grid. Although this decision is extreme, she knows that her heart will never heal if she stays. Far from the demands of family and career, and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth discovers reasons for leaving even she didn’t understand, and answers she didn’t know she was seeking.

“The novel began as a cathartic revenge fantasy – the mother who finally says, ‘enough!’– but as I got deeper, it evolved into a story about the complexity of women’s lives, the unresolved issues that interfere with our ability to take care of ourselves,” explains Forman. “By the end, Maribeth’s shocking choice to run away, to take care of herself – to be selfish – no longer felt quite so shocking or so selfish to me. It felt like something that she was entitled to. Like something we are all, at times, entitled to.”

If you enjoy reading Jennifer Weiner and Meg Wolitzer, you will love Gayle Forman.

“How do we reinvent ourselves when we can’t even recognize the body we are in? Can you know where you’re headed if you don’t know where you came from? These are the questions faced by the prickly Maribeth, the complex and fascinating character at the center of Leave Me. In her first novel for adults, Forman reminds the reader that the answer to both questions involves getting to the heart of the matter.”

—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

Gayle Forman © Stomping Ground PhotoGayle Forman is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels.  Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. Forman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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This program is part of a series of free author programs presented by and sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins. Book sales are by Old Firehouse BooksBook sales in Denver are by the Tattered Cover.