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Anna Sale and Aminatou Sow Live on Hot Docs at Home

Thursday May 27 2021 6:30 pm, Virtual, Online

Join Anna Sale and Aminatou Sow at their live Hot Docs event Talking About Hard Things.

Tickets are free for Hot Docs Members or $6.99 for non-members. 6:30 PM (MB) // 5:30 PM (SK).

As the host of WNYC’s award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Anna Sale leads mind-expanding interviews with cultural luminaries and tells intimate, life-affirming stories about the topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. To her millions of listeners, she’s a source of both comfort and delight— “a therapist at happy hour,” as The New York Times dubbed her. Join Anna as she sits down with Aminatou Sow, host of the equally beloved Call Your Girlfriend podcast and co-author of the bestselling book Big Friendship, to discuss her anticipated new book Let’s Talk About Hard Things. A stirring blend of memoir and reporting from Anna’s podcast, the book is a touching meditation on the growth that can come from discussing life’s most difficult subjects. Don’t miss this meeting of brilliant minds, as Anna and Aminatou discuss what we can all learn about ourselves, and each other, when we really get personal.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada and Flying Books, as well as McNally Robinson Booksellers and other select independent booksellers across Canada.

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Let's Talk About Hard Things

- by Anna Sale

Hardcover $36.00 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $32.40

From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Let's Talk About Hard Things is "like a good conversation with a friend" (The New Yorker) and an invitation to discuss the tough topics that all of us encounter. "You will laugh, cry, nod in recognition, and by the end, feel like no topic is off-limits when it comes to creating meaningful connection" (Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone).

Anna Sale wants you to have that conversation. You know the one. The one that you've been avoiding or putting off, maybe for years. The one that you've thought "they'll never understand" or "do I really want to bring that up?" or "it's not going to go well, so why even try?"

Sale is the founder and host of WNYC's popular, award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money, or as the New York Times dubbed her, "a therapist at happy hour." She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from the people who can help us most.

In Let's Talk About Hard Things, Sale uses the best of what she's learned from her podcast to reveal that when we have the courage to talk about hard things, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics--death, sex, money, family, and identity--she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can't fix (and why that's actually okay).

Touching, personal, and inspiring, Let's Talk About Hard Things is a profound meditation on why communication can connect us instead of divide us and how we can all do it better.

Big Friendship

- by Aminatou Sow

Hardcover $35.00 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $31.50

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don't talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another's lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend, they've become known for frank and intimate conversations. In this book, they bring that energy to their own friendship--its joys and its pitfalls.

Aminatou and Ann define Big Friendship as a strong, significant bond that transcends life phases, geographical locations, and emotional shifts. And they should know: the two have had moments of charmed bliss and deep frustration, of profound connection and gut-wrenching alienation. They have weathered life-threatening health scares, getting fired from their dream jobs, and one unfortunate Thanksgiving dinner eaten in a car in a parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga. Through interviews with friends and experts, they have come to understand that their struggles are not unique. And that the most important part of a Big Friendship is making the decision to invest in one another again and again.

An inspiring and entertaining testament to the power of society's most underappreciated relationship, Big Friendship will invite you to think about how your own bonds are formed, challenged, and preserved. It is a call to value your friendships in all of their complexity. Actively choose them. And, sometimes, fight for them.