Joan Rudd presents 'Building Solid: A Life in Stories'

A fulfilling, cheering, and comforting book overall, describing (the kind of) wisdom that only time can impart!


Third Place Books welcomes local writer Joan Rudd to our Lake Forest Park store! Rudd will be discussing her memoir of art, motherhood, and memory Building Solid: A Life in Stories. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Building Solid will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Building Solid. . .

In frank and emotionally rewarding stories, a woman recalls her life from a feminist, Jewish, and largely humorous perspective. Her stories and her prose are delightful and sometimes hilarious.

Each one is a lovingly curated memory. She has an ability to write like a bright child thinks and feels. The variety of her life's experiences allows her to formulate insights that many people would enjoy. A fulfilling, cheering, and comforting book overall, describing (the kind of) wisdom that only time can impart!

Joan writes about both coasts: a childhood among post WWII refugees in Manhattan, and then leaving her family for college, marriage, a commune, and art school in Portland, Oregon.

She shares some of the pivotal events and decisions involved in ultimately leaving Portland for Seattle, through a second marriage and the raising of two sons born 23 years apart, all the while creating original sculpture and drawings.

Joan Rudd is a first generation American and grew up in a family of multilingual refugees. Each generation spoke a different language and she finally turned to art to express feelings she did not necessarily have names for. Her own creed has always been economy, vitality, and clarity of form. However, elegance is less important than charm (kheyn) in her work, and economy more important than realism. She chooses to depict connection, affection, and solidarity among her sculpted figures. Joan thinks that the images we surround ourselves with do matter. Depictions of the mother/child bond are frequent in Western art but sculptural images of the "heart connections" between interdependent adult figures are more rare. Joan’s work in art reflects life and joy, and the intimate connection between people.

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