Fargo Public Library
102 3rd Street N
Fargo, ND 58102
This Tuesday, Nora McInerny, a freelance writer from Minneapolis, MN, will be at Fargo Public Library to read from her memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too). Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
McInerny has written for several magazines, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Slate, Time, and BuzzFeed. Her memoir began as a blog entitled My Husband’s Tumor, which she started after her husband Aaron’s diagnosis of brain cancer. After his death, she founded the nonprofit organization Still Kickin, which raises funds to support families dealing with cancer.
It’s Okay to Laugh chronicles McInerny and Aaron’s three years of marriage, including getting engaged on his hospital bed, the birth of their son, and the humorous obituary they wrote together that claimed he was secretly Spider-Man. The memoir also delves into the grieving process, the use of humor as a coping mechanism, and what it means to live life to the fullest.
The back cover of the book reads, “This book is for people who have been through some shit… This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store.”
Writer Rebecca Soffer has described It’s Okay to Laugh as “an unapologetic tale of heartbreak and loss that is devoid of platitudes. I found myself laughing through my tears, but that’s the real experience of profound mourning, and she nails it.”
Lincoln Thompson of BuzzFeed has said, “It’s Okay to Laugh is that rare gem of a read, equal parts heartwarming and hysterical, that’ll make you laugh out loud, only to leave you tearing up a few pages later.”
On Saturday, October 28th, McInerny will be teaching a one-time class at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Students will be reading essays about grief and learning to write about difficult and personal subject matter with humor and insight.
– Särah Nour