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Author Event – A Conversation with Rebekah Iliff and Meredith Fineman

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Join us in the store for a dynamic conversation — and champagne! — with Rebekah Iliff, author of Champagne for One: A Celebration of Solitude, and Meredith Fineman, author of Brag Better: The Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. Signed copies of both books will be available!

About Champagne for One:

Single or not, most women could use a little more solitude than the world typically offers. Like many, Rebekah Iliff has spent ample time pondering her need for it, how much to ask for, and wondering why the world paints it in such a negative light. After the sudden loss of a close friend, she decided to go forward with their birthday spa day alone, and found herself drinking a glass of champagne solo in a spa, much to fellow patrons’ concern. This experience later sparked the poem “Champagne for One,” a joyful reflection on intentional solitude, and bubbled into this namesake collection of poetry and essays.

With sharp wit and sly satire, Iliff paints a picture of complete personal content, where you will finally see yourself embracing the value of solitary life and laughing along the way. Discover an array of conversation enders and a recipe for stag stew–the secret ingredient? 4 ounces of confidence–that will leave you equipped to take on even the most clingy companions and matchmaking expectations.

Champagne for One is a delightful spotlight on how to own being alone, perfect as a gift to a friend or as a treat to your solitary self.

About Brag Better:

This effortless and unapologetic approach to self-promotion will manage your anxiety and allow you to champion yourself.

Does talking about your accomplishments feel scary or icky because you’re worried people will think you’re obnoxious?

Does it feel more natural to put your head down and do the work?

Are you tired of watching the loudest people in your industry get disproportionate praise and rewards?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be self-sabotaging. You need to learn to Brag Better. Meredith Fineman has built a career working with The Qualified Quiet: smart people who struggle to talk about themselves and thus go underestimated or unrecognized. Now, she shares the surefire and anxiety-proof strategies that have helped her clients effectively communicate their achievements and skillsets to others.

Bragging Better doesn’t require false bravado, talking over people, or pretending to be more qualified than you are. Instead, Fineman advocates finding quiet confidence in your opinions, abilities, and background, and then turning up the volume. In this book, you will learn the career-changing tools she’s developed over the past decade that make bragging feel easy, including:

 Get remembered by focusing your personal brand and voice on key adjectives (like effective, subtle, and edgy)
 Practice explaining what you do in simple, sticky terms to earn respect and recognition from the public and people at work.
 Eliminate words that undermine your work and find better ones–like your bio saying you’re trying or attempting to do something instead that you ARE doing it.

If you’re ready to begin Bragging Better–to telling the truth about your accomplishments with grace and confidence–this book is for you.


July 17
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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