Touching father, daughter stories

Book signings and readings:

June 16 at 7 p.m.
Books, Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California St.
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 221-3666
Reading with Mike Adamick, Nick Taylor, Robert Wilder and Nicki Richesin

June 18th at 7 p.m.
Book Passage in Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925-1145
Phone: (415) 927-0960
Website: Reading with Robert Wilder and Mike Adamick

About the book:

"Fathers are arguably the most important men in their daughters' lives," says Andrea N. Richesin at the start of her new anthology, "What I would tell her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters."

Any man who is the father to a girl faces that daunting truth-sometimes on a daily basis-with equal parts satisfaction and sheer terror.

The talented and perceptive writers who share their joys and fear in this candid collection of essays run the gamut: young first time fathers, older men experiencing it for the first time, stepfathers, single fathers, gay fathers, adopted fathers, the fathers of infants, the fathers of teens and the fathers of grown women.

Their experiences with their girls are at once particular and universal. Their stories, always from the heart, speak volumes about the irreplaceable, intimate bond between father and daughter.

Richesin, who came to this project on the heels of her critically acclaimed book Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, found she was stunned by the candor and outpouring of emotion in these fathers' essays.

"I suppose I initially expected a more stoic and practical, far less impassioned and confessional response from these fathers," she writes. "As both a mother and a daughter, I felt I deeply understood the intimate connection between the two, but found I had much to learn about the depths of the father-daughter connection.

This remarkable anthology delves into the intense nature of the intimacy of these ties between father and daughter. The talented contributors write about their love for their daughters, the emotional conflicts they've overcome together and what they've learned from them."

Like Richesin, readers will be struck by the intensity of these fathers' words, whether describing such everyday events as coaching a soccer match or bedtime storytelling, special events like a father-daughter sock-hop or the prom, or painful, inevitable encounters with accidents or mortality.

>> What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters

About Andrea Richesin:

Andrea N. Richesin is the editor of Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond and The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling it all Together in Your Thirties and a forthcoming anthology on first love.

Her anthologies have been excerpted and praised in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Bust, DailyCandy and Babble. She lives with her husband and daughter in northern California.

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About Mike Adamick:

Mike Adamick is a stay-at-home dad and writer whose work regularly appears on National Public Radio, KQED Radio and in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and McSweeney's.

He has also been featured in Details Magazine, MSNBC, ABC's "The View from the Bay," Jezebel, Gawker, the Los Angeles Times, New York Observer and many major newspapers.

His essay "Thrift Store Bandits" will be published in the forthcoming fatherhood anthology "What I would Tell Her." He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle's parenting blog, "The Poop."

Mike lives in San Francisco with his wife, Dana, and daughter, Emmeline. In his spare time, he enjoys sewing children's clothing and practicing for cage fights.

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About Robert Wilder:

Robert Wilder was born on Long Island but raised with his three brothers in Westport, Connecticut, a country block away from Martha Stewart.

He has worked as a gas station attendant, dishwasher, factory worker, landscape grunt, grass cutter, lackey, busboy, waiter, concession stand clerk, housepainter, soccer camp director, dog show researcher, fundraiser, and advertising executive.

He now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, artist Lala, and their two children, Poppy and London.

Wilder is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, New Mexico State University (M.A.), and Wesleyan University (B.A.)

He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother, El Palacio, The Greensboro Review, The Colorado Review and elsewhere.

He has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, On Point and many other regional and national radio programs. His Daddy Needs a Drink Minute airs twice weekly on KBAC FM.

He is the former director of the Southwest Literary Center of Recursos de Santa Fe, which includes the Writers Reading Series and the Santa Fe Writers Conference. His column, "Daddy Needs a Drink," is published monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter.

"Daddy Needs a Drink," his critically acclaimed best-selling first book, is now in paperback and was optioned for sitcom adaptation.

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