Mother Talk


New digs

Come check out MotherTalk at its new digs, and in its new incarnation: as MotherTalk, Inc.

Over there you'll find the MotherTalk blog about what we're up to (currently a Blog Book Tour for Washington Post reporter Tracy Thompson's The Ghost in the House: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression), who we are, how to get in touch with us, and what's on the horizon.

We won't be updating here any longer, so be sure to bookmark the new blog!


Mother Talk: Charlottesville -- March 23

Next Thursday, March 23, will see our first Mother Talk in Virginia. Andi and Miriam will be talking about their books with the editors of Brain,Child magazine in Charlottesville. Click here for the full invite!

Coming in April: Mother Talk salons in Philadelphia, DC, Portland, and Seattle.


Berkeley Mother Talk: March 13

The Literary Mama editors enjoyed our January Mother Talk in San Francisco so much they've organized another one -- this time featuring "Mommy Wars" anthology editor Leslie Morgan Steiner along with contributors to the Literary Mama anthology. The event takes place Monday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. (See the full evite.)


Buzzing after Judy Stadtman Tucker's MotherTalk: Philly

It's definitely a rare pleasure these days to stumble home after midnight on a few glasses of wine. Even more of a pleasure, really, when I've spent the last few hours in the company of Judy Stadtman Tucker, Andi Buchanan, and a roomful of thoughtful and energetic women. Judy is the editor of Mothers Movement Online. She's also an eloquent and thoughtful speaker, someone who in the name of a refreshingly new feminism can synthesize all that's going on in the world of motherhood: in our interior lives, in the cultural debates we find ourselves in, in the policy intiatives on the horizon.

All I can say is that she's the kind of person that when she looks around the room at 11.30 pm, after several hours of conversation, and says expansively, "This is the revolution," well, you feel like indeed, you're part of the new century's take on the early 70's famed CR groups. You see yourself as part of history. She has that effect on you.

Andi got this email today: "Thank you for an engaging, enlightening, interesting evening. It was a
pleasure to be in the company of so many thoughtful women. I was especially struck by the very personal feel of the discussion -- I came away with a true sense of connectedness, although I only knew maybe a
quarter of the women present.

We're loving MotherTalk for the space it opens up for us to whole women, to talk about literature and media, politics at large and the micropolitics of who gets dinner on the table, all in the space of one evening, one living room, one rolling conversation.

    posted by Miriam Peskowitz @ 9:56 PM


MotherTalk Mt. Airy--Saturday, March 18th, 5 pm

Last month MotherTalk teamed up with the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, in Philadelphia's Mt. Airy section, and Andi and Miriam talked with an energetic group of moms, as the snow began to fall. In fact, the discussion was cut short as the store decided to close early, given the blizzard outside.

This month, MotherTalk and the Big Blue Marble are joining once again to present NPR commentator Marion Winik, author most recently of Above Us Only Sky. Come in, come all, no rsvp: Saturday, March 18, 5:00pm.

The wonderful new Big Blue Marble Bookstore is at 551 Carpenter Lane, at Greene, in Mt. Airy. Call 215 844 1870 for directions.

The Marble's website description:
MotherTalk with Marion Winik. Come drink wine and laugh with Marion Winik, NPR contributor and author of the new Above Us Only Sky (Seal Press). Wine and cheese, parenting discussion, and book signing/reading.


MotherTalk Philadelphia: March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for "Mother Talk," an old-fashioned literary salon with good food, good company, and good conversation with local authors Andi Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz talking with Judith Stadtman Tucker, editor and founder of The Mothers Movement Online.

The Mothers Movement Online was founded in April 2003 as open source for information about social, cultural, economic and political issues that affect the well-being of mothers. The site features high quality content on mothers’ issues, including original features, interviews, essays, reviews, and commentary on motherhood as a social issue; its intention is to promote economic and social justice for mothers and others who do the caring work of our society. Judith Stadtman Tucker, MMO's founder, has been involved in research and advocacy related to mothers’ issues since 1999. She served as the senior manager of the Mothers & More advocacy program from 2000 – 2003, where her work included gathering resources and developing consciousness-raising programs for the organization’s membership. She currently serves as a special advisor on advocacy issues to Mothers & More and other groups committed to social change on behalf of mothers.

To see the invite, click here.


MotherTalk Philadelphia: Saturday February 11

It's Andi and Miriam together, at our first ever MotherTalk in a bookstore. And a special bookstore it is at that: the newly opened independent Big Blue Marble in Philly's Mt. Airy section. This Saturday, 3.30 pm. See you there!