Nina Lorez Collins
WHAT WOULD VIRGINIA WOOLF DO?
And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology
in conversation with
Jillian Medoff, This Could Hurt
Tuesday, April 17, 7pm
Cocktails and Frank Conversation
A mix of revealing memoir, practical advice, compassionate support, and "community-in-a-book" that will do for women ages 40-60 years old what The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy did for women at a different turning point in life.
When Nina Collins entered her forties, she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality and sense of humor- perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?”, which has grown exponentially into a place where women most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.
Mid-life is a time when women often think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom.
Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other; defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.
Nina Lorez Collins was born in New York City in 1969 and attended Barnard College. She had a long career in book publishing, first as a scout and then as an agent. She completed a Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and become a certified Life Coach with IPEC. She has four children and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a trustee of The Brooklyn Public Library.
Jillian Medoff is the acclaimed author of four novels. This Could Hurt, her recently published corporate satire, landed on many "Best of the Month" and "Must Read" lists, including Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, NY Post, Real Simple, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, People, Fast Company, Chicago Review of Books, Parade, and the Millions, among others. She also wrote the much-lauded national bestseller I Couldn’t Love You More, Good Girls Gone Bad, and Hunger Point, which was made into an original cable movie starring Christina Hendricks and Barbara Hershey. A former fellow at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, and Fundación Valparaíso, Medoff has an MFA from NYU. Along with writing fiction, she is a senior consultant at the Segal Group, where she advises corporate corporate clients on all aspects of the employee experience.