Now available! Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss by Jessica Handler. Find a copy at your favorite indie bookstore TODAY.
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Braving the Fire by Jessica Handler

It's publication day.
 Order your copy now!
And make plans to join me at the launch party on Saturday!


Learn more about Braving the Fire from
St. Martin's Griffin.

Today is the official publication day for Braving the Fire (although I got to sign a bunch last night at the Atlanta Press Club holiday authors party!). Turn to today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a Q&A with me about how to get started writing, tips for writing about tough times during the holidays, and yes, a snarky remark about one of my elementary school journals. Pick up your copy of today's paper, or look for the story online at

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About Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss

Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers’ perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper. It will be useful to the memoirist just starting out, as well as those already in the throes of coming to terms with complicated emotions and the challenges of shaping a compelling, coherent true story.
Loosely organized around the familiar Kübler-Ross model of Five Stages of Grief, Braving the Fire uses these stages to help the reader and writer though the emotional and writing tasks before them, incorporating interviews and excerpts from other treasured writers who’ve done the same. Insightful contributions from some of the masters of the genre are skillfully bended with Handler's own approaches to facing grief a second time  in order to write about it. Each section also includes advice and wisdom from doctors and therapists about the physical experience of grieving.
Handler is a compassionate guide who has braved the fire herself, and delivers practical and inspirational direction throughout.

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Join me this Saturday for the
Braving the Fire 
Launch Party
December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
First Existentialist Church
470 Candler Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307

A Cappella Books in Atlanta will be managing book sales at the party. If you're unable to attend on Saturday, but still want a signed copy of Braving the Fire, click here.
"…makes a reader feel as if someone is holding their hand through the process" of writing about grief.
- review in Atlanta's Buckhaven Lifestyle magazine.
"Jessica Handler is one of the only authors we know who can make you laugh and cry with the same sentence." – Charis Books & More, the nation’s oldest independent feminist bookstore, Atlanta, GA

Upcoming Appearances
December 14, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Braving the Fire Book Launch
First Existentialist Church, Atlanta, GA

January 9, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Braving the Fire and Writing the Tough Stuff 
Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA

January 12, 2014 - 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Writing Through Grief Workshop
Wingmaker Arts Collaborative, Charlotte, NC

January 23, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.
Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series
Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA

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Copyright © 2013 Jessica Handler, author, All rights reserved.

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