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April 7th arrived and now people can purchase LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now in book stores everywhere.  You can pick up our book and think “Great title!” without knowing about 1500 people braving the stage, and often for the first time.

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That mouth on the book jacket can catch your eye without any idea that people yearn for this starkly honest and sometimes irreverent dialogue spoken aloud about mothering and being mothered, to the extent that they become producers and directors almost overnight in order to host their own LTYM show. When a shopper drops LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now into their cart and thinks “Score! Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!” they might not know the tradition of communities crossing bridges literal and metaphorical to come together if only for 90 minutes once a year to honor and celebrate the work of mothering, and raise funds for a local nonprofit to support women and families in need.

Until they open the cover and start reading.

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A couple hundred local LTYM directors/producers, show alumni, family, fans and friends gathered at BookCourt in Brooklyn on Wednesday April 8th to roll out the red carpet for Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now publication day.

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Many of us have worked together for years and never met, as our collaboration happens electronically and hundreds or thousands of miles apart. No conference call, email or webinar can replace hugs among stacks of books with real pages.

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A few of our contributors joined me in reading from the book. Natalie Cheung Hall, Zach Wahls, Taya Dunn Johnson, Amy Wilson, and Wendi Aarons inspired peels of laughter from the audience, nods of recognition, and of course some LTYM trademark tears.

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Natalie Cheung Hall reading “She Knew It”

 

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 View More: http://jenniferleephotography.pass.us/celebrations Zach Wahls reading “What Matters Most”

 

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 View More: http://jenniferleephotography.pass.us/celebrationsAmy Wilson reading “Idiopathic”

 

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 View More: http://jenniferleephotography.pass.us/celebrationsTaya Dunn Johnson reading “Peanut Butter And Jelly”

 

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View More: http://jenniferleephotography.pass.us/celebrationsWendi Aarons reading “The Job of Motherhood”

 

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I was signing books and a woman said to me, after hearing the readings:

We really are the same.

We really are the same in many fundamental ways, despite all the bias and differences we carry around inside and out. When LTYM works its simple powerful magic, those elusive interpersonal bonds become visible for a short time, so that everyone present might feel a tenderness and commonality in the room. We hope you leave our events feeling validated and inspired. We hope you leave our book with an open heart and open mind, feeling celebrated, and uplifted.

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Thank you to all the women and men of Listen To Your Mother, and especially to Putnam Books (Stephanie, Elena, Anna, Lauren), my agent Elizabeth Kaplan, and editor Elizabeth Stein for this book that will allow even more people to experience those invisible bonds among us.

Thank you to photographer Anna Palmer of Jennifer Lee Photography for capturing this unforgettable night of LTYM collaboration with such a loving eye. Jennifer Lee Photography has given her time and talent to LTYM: NYC since 2012, and her photos have become a vital part of telling the LTYM story as we grow. You can view the full gallery of photos here.

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Thank you to everyone who traveled from near and far to join us for this momentous occasion. Thank you to BookCourt for showing us such hospitality. Also, thank you to Amy Wilson, Elizabeth Robinson, and Barbara Herel from our LTYM: NYC team who collaborated with our launch event planning.

I am eternally grateful to Listen To Your Mother–a dream I never knew I had. I feel beyond thankful for this book–those with pages…

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and (omg) those with frosting.

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Thank you to LTYM National Media Sponsor SheKnows Media #BlogHer15 for the epic “Experts Among Us” meet-up for the online community right around the corner at LaVara! You can view more meet-up photos here, and join us at meet-ups in tandem with our shows in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, & San Francisco!! More details and RSVP here.

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Tickets for all 38 LTYM shows ON SALE NOW!

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LTYM 2015 Tickets Are On Sale Now!

by Stephanie P. on April 13, 2015

We are getting ready for the #LTYM show across the country — Listen To Your Mother 2015 Tickets are on sale now!

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Ann Imig, LTYM Founder and Author reads to a packed house at the #LTYMBook launch in NYC last week. Photo via @PutnamBooks

LTYM’s 2015 Shows

Albuquerque May 3 at Simms Center for Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy
Anderson May 2 at The ACT Theater
Atlanta  April 25 at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre
Austin April 25 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
Baltimore May 9 at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium
Bangor May 7 at The Gracie Theatre
Baton Rouge May 3 at The Manship Theatre
Boston May 9 at The Old South Church, Copley Square
Boulder May 9 at The Dairy Center for the Arts
Charleston May 3 at Charleston Music Hall
Chicago May 3 at The Athenaeum Theatre
DC May 3  at The National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
Evansville May 9 at AIS Diamond Auditorium
Indianapolis May 3 at The Indiana Historical Society
Lehigh Valley April 26th at Steel Stacks
Little Rock May 7 at The Ron Robinson Theater
Madison May 10 at The Barrymore Theatre
Metro Detroit April 26 at Saint Andrew’s Hall
Milwaukee April 26 at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre
Nashville May 2 at TPAC
North Jersey May 9 at SOPAC
Northern Utah May 7 at Thanksgiving Point
NW Indiana May 8 at Memorial Opera House
Oklahoma City April 26 at Will Rogers Theater
Orange County April 26 at Ebell Club
Pittsburgh May 8 at The Elsie Hillman Auditorium
Plumas County April 30 at The Town Hall Theatre
Portland  May 7 at the Alberta Rose Theatre
Providence April 30 at Lincoln School
Raleigh-Durham May 7 & 8 at Kenan Auditorium
Rochester May 8 at The Memorial Art Gallery
San Francisco May 9 at The Brava Theater
Seattle May 9 at Bloedel Hall
Southeast Texas May 9 at Lamar University Theater
Southwest Michigan May 9 at SJHS John & Dede Howard Auditorium
Spokane May 10 at The Bing Crosby Theater
St. Louis May 9 at St. Luke’s
Twin Cities May 7 at The Riverview Theatre

Join us and SheKnows #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, our National Media Sponsor, for Latin-inspired drinks, appetizers, and pre #BlogHer15 conference fun at a meet-up with other local content creators in conjunction with our shows in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco!

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Listen To Your Mother is in stores now! Photo via @jenrenpody

Our just-released book will be on sale at our shows and is available now from your favorite bookseller!

Share your #LTYM show and #LTYMBook pics with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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TODAY IS LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER’S BOOK BIRTHDAY AND BLOG TOUR!

April 7, 2015

Join 56 contributors and 39 LTYM cities in celebrating the highly-anticipated and acclaimed release of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said, What We’re Saying Now “Presents motherhood in all its multitudinous iterations…” —Elle magazine “A collection of hilarious, sometimes-raunchy, and always thought-provoking stories about personal experiences with race, gender, and motherhood.”—PopSugar “This collection serves as a significant contribution to literature on and about motherhood because it breaks down the isolation that so often surrounds the topic…. These candid writings feel like a dinner date with a group of smart mothers who share their successes and failures with wit, fear, melancholy, playfulness, and all of the emotions that surround the reality of parenting.” —Library Journal “The stories in the collection run the gamut, and the result is varied enough to ensure that reads who don’t identify with one take will easily find resonance in another. Some will leave readers laughing out loud, while […]

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Returning National Media Sponsor #BlogHer15 joins LTYM in 5 Cities with Experts Among Us Meet-ups!

March 26, 2015

When I tell the LTYM origin story, it starts with #BlogHer09 and the powerful experience I had meeting my blogger friends, merging my online life with my real life. At that conference I listened to bloggers read their writing at a podium, before their peers, as part of the Community Keynote (now “Voices of The Year”). The very first seed for LTYM took root. When that seed sprouted in 2010 with the first LTYM show in Madison, and the request from bloggers came pouring in to host their own LTYM show, I set my sights on a national roll-out. I knew immediately who I planned to turn to as our very first national sponsor–BlogHer. From that first phone call with BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page in 2010, BlogHer jumped on board with LTYM and has fostered our growth as our national media sponsor ever since. Not only have they helped amplify & underwrite the […]

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Keeping It Real For The Pregnant First Time Mom

March 18, 2015

Sarah thinks it’s time for some real honesty and shares her unsolicited — and unfiltered — advice to pregnant first time moms. “Stop obsessing so much over labor. Pooping on the table will be the least of your worries. Besides, pooping after labor is way scarier.” Watch the video below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel. Auditions are still happening for our NW Indiana and Anderson shows! Tickets are on sale now for most of LTYM’s 2015 cities- find a show near you.

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