Gayle Brandeis and Emily Maloney: Two Essayists in Conversation
Date and Time:
May 18 2023 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Book Stall
811 Elm Street, Winnetka 60093

Gayle Brandeis and Emily Maloney

Gayle Brandeis and Emily Maloney: Two Essayists in Conversation

Community Event

The Book Stall is looking forward to hosting an evening with two North Shore acclaimed essayists, Gayle Brandeis and Emily Maloney on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. They will be discussing their respected collections of essays, Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, the Body, and Loss and Cost of Living: Essays. When one of Ms. Brandeis’ essays won the Columbia Journal Nonfiction Prize, judged by Emily Maloney, the two women connected. They are excited to share their thoughts about the embodiment of the writing life and the toll our healthcare system takes on our lives. This event is free with registration, please visit our website to register.

More About the Books: In Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, the Body, and Loss, PEN/Bellwether Prize-winning writer Gayle Brandeis explores both the writing life and the embodied life, along with potent intersection between the two. From the title essay investigating the connection between writing and breath to the final essay, which delves into Brandeis’ experience with long-haul Covid and its impact on her creative voice, this collection is infused with the urgency of mortality, thrumming grief, authenticity, and a deep love for both language and the world of the senses.

Cost of Living is a shocking, often slyly humorous, and brilliant examination of just what exactly our troubled healthcare system asks us to pay, as well as a look at what goes on behind the scenes at our hospitals. When Emily Maloney was nineteen, she tried to kill herself. An act that would not only cost a great deal personally, but also financially, sending her down a dark spiral of misdiagnoses, years spent in and out of hospitals, and tens of thousands owed in medical debt. To work to pay off this crippling burden, Emily becomes an emergency room technician. Doing the grunt work in a hospital and taking care of patients at their most vulnerable moments, she begins to chronicle these interactions in searingly beautiful, surprising ways.

More About the Essayists: Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement (judged by Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, and contest founder Barbara Kingsolver), Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Her most recent book is the poetry collection, The Selfless Bliss of the Body. You can find out more about her at

Emily Maloney has had her work appear in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, and the American Journal of Nursing, among others. She has worked as a dog groomer, pastry chef, general contractor, tile setter, and catalog model, and has sold her ceramics at art fairs. Maloney has twice been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. She lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her books include Burn This House Down and Cost of Living. You can find out more about her at