Kate Carroll De Gutes
Lives in Portland, Oregon in a house with lots of light, wood floors, and a view of the best bridge in the city. In the evenings, she sits at her great-grandparents’ quarter-sawn oak table and writes long-hand about grief, the drama of dating at midlife, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living. Also, she apparently uses a lot of compound nouns.
The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, essays from Kate’s critically-acclaimed blog, have been called “a pilgrim’s map to those hidden spots where authentic experiences await anyone brave enough to look for them.” Winner of an Independent Publishing Award for LGBT essay, you can buy signed copies from Broadway Books or your favorite local independent bookseller.
THAN THEY APPEAR
Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Lambda Literary Award, looks at some of life’s biggest dramas: marriage, divorce, and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory. Bestselling author, Stephanie Kallos, says, “On every page, de Gutes reminds us that we all traverse life’s roads with one eye fixed on the receding and mirrored past.”
Social media exploded when “45” came into office. Not that we weren’t a nation of addicts before—in 2016, 79% of all Americans regularly used Facebook and 67 million people used Twitter daily. But now, late night tweets about “covfefe” and complaints about #fakenews seem common. That’s why Kate’s blog remains relevant, as it focuses on her attempt to be completely authentic on social media.