Lauren Kessler will launch her latest book “Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.s
Kessler is an American author, and immersion journalist who specializes in narrative nonfiction. She is also a professor at the University of Oregon where she directs the Writing Initiative in the School of Journalism and Communication
When she was 12, Kessler’s instructor crushed not just her dreams of being a ballerina but also her youthful self-assurance. Many decades and three children later, Kessler embarked on a journey to join a professional company and perform in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet.
“My book is a story about shaking things up, taking risks and ignoring good sense, and forgetting how old you are and how you’re ‘supposed’ to act,” said Kessler. “It’s about testing limits and raising the bar(re) on your own life.”
Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita is sponsoring the book launch.