Jodi Picoult talks up new lesbian-themed book tonight on Mombian

The lesbian mom blogsite Mombian posted today that big time author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper, 19 Minutes) has gone Lisa Cholodenko-like on her newest book Sing You Home. The story details the account of a lesbian couple striving to have a child. OK, so it’s not quite The Kids are All Right, but maybe there’s a trend brewing of lesbi-parenting and mainstream audiences. First it was girl-on-girl kissing, now it’s mom-on-mom nurturing that intrigues audiences.

Her website calls it a multimedia experience. The book includes a CD of music and spoken word to accompany the story. There’s even a trailer for the book. Now we just have to wait for the movie. Unfortunately, her book tour doesn’t stop in Dallas. At least not with the current itinerary.

But you can listen to Picoult tonight as she appears on Mombian’s podcast to talk up the book. This is what they say:

I’m very excited to invite you to a special event here at Mombian: a live, streaming interview and chat tonight with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about her latest novel, Sing You Home, the story of a lesbian couple and their attempts to have a child.

I’ll have a fuller review coming up in my Mombian newspaper column soon, so I’ll say little here except that I do recommend it, not least because Picoult avoids the clichéed “search for a donor” plot of most stories about lesbians trying to get pregnant. Instead, she takes a different approach, giving us a tale that deftly blends the personal and political. The book also includes a CD of original songs with words by Picoult and music by Ellen Wilber, who will be performing on the Webcast.

Join us here at Mombian tonight, Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST for the Webcast, part of the Literary Salon Series of Picoult’s publisher, Atria Books. The interview, moderated by book reviewer Bethanne Patrick, will be broadcast from an event at New York City’s Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel to celebrate the novel’s release. There will be a chat window going, too, so you can share your own questions and comments.

That’s 6 p.m. our time.

—  Rich Lopez

Local Briefs

AIDS Arms moving its offices

Officials with AIDS Arms announced this week that it is moving from its current offices on Sunset Avenue in Oak Cliff to the historic Jefferson Tower, 351 W. Jefferson Ave., effective Monday, Feb. 7.

The offices on Sunset Avenue will close at noon on Feb. 3, and offices will remain closed until re-opening at 9 a.m. the following Monday in Jefferson Tower. The Peabody Health Center’s hours of operation will not be affected by the move.

Executive Director Raeline Nobles said the move is “part of an ambitious campaign” that will include building a new medical facility at the Sunset Avenue location.

“We are excited about our move to Jefferson Tower. It is a beautiful building and will help expand our social service and HIV prevention programs,” Nobles said.

She called the move “the first concrete step toward our vision of creating greater access to quality medical care for underserved individuals in our community.”

She added that the agency’s expansion also “marks significant economic development for Oak Cliff in terms of construction investments, leasing and the employment of clinical professionals.”

Bradshaw presenting workshops in Dallas

Resource Center Dallas and SMU Simmons will present two workshops by John Bradshaw, a personal growth expert and New York Times bestselling author.

Bradshaw will speak on “Reclaiming Your Inner Child” on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, focused on exploring the impact of growing up in a dysfunctional family and reclaiming one’s wounded inner children. His topic on Wednesday, March 2, will be “Healing the Shame that Binds Us,” highlighting his theory and therapeutic processes on healing toxic shame.

Registration for both events begins at 8 a.m. Both workshops will be held at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. (The location, originally set for Resource Center Dallas, has changed.)

Mental health professionals can earn continuing education units for attending.

Tickets are $65 for one workshop, or $100 for both. Student price is $25. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Resource Center Dallas.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online to RCDallas.org.

Senior pug adoption event set

DFW Pug Rescue will hold a senior pug adoption event Saturday, Jan. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Creekside Pet Care, 8820 Davis Blvd. in Keller.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Admission fees paid by those approved to adopt a pug will go toward the adoption fee. Other admission fees will be used to pay for vet care for senior pugs.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 21, 2011.

—  John Wright