CAHI is delighted to present a reading and conversation with Freda Love Smith. After the reading, Smith will be joined by CAHI Director Brenda R. Weber and veteran Bloomington journalist Mike Leonard.
Freda Love Smith is a writer, teacher, retired indie rock drummer, and IU alumna. Her new memoir, I Quit Everything, explores addiction, intoxication, and the twilight of her musical career. Her first book, Red Velvet Underground, documents a year of cooking lessons with her son and reminisces about drumming with bands including Blake Babies, Antenna, Mysteries of Life, Gentleman Caller, Some Girls, and Sunshine Boys. She teaches at Northwestern University and Lesley University, reviews nonfiction for Booklist, writes for the Sound of Our Town podcast, and is the programming director for Bookends University, the curricular arm of Bookends & Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston, Illinois, where she lives.
Leading up to the reading, Morgenstern Books will host An Evening of Music and Conversation this Saturday, October 28 (6pm-7:30pm), with Freda Love Smith and former bandmate John Strohm—to celebrate both Smith’s book and Strohm’s new solo album, Something to Look Forward To. The two will be joined by WFIU’s David Brent Johnson, who will serve as interlocutor for this night of conversation and live acoustic music.
This event is presented by the College Arts and Humanities Institute with support from the College of Arts + Sciences and the Ruth N. Halls Humanities Fund.