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Upcoming Virtual Interviews: Fall 2022

Sally Haldorson, Emily Porter

September 01, 2022

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TaniaKatan-thumbnail.jpgSEPTEMBER 7, 6pm CST | MIKE MARIANI, author of What Does Not Kill Us Makes Us: Who We Become After Tragedy and Trauma
in conversation with Porchlight’s Managing Director Sally Haldorson

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"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger," the adage goes. But how much truth is there to that ubiquitous, inexhaustible saying? Tracing the lives of six people who have experienced profoundly life-changing events, journalist Mike Mariani explores the nuances and largely uncharted territory of what happens after one's life is severed into a before and after. If what doesn't kill us does not necessarily make us stronger, he asks, what does it make us? Delving into lives we rarely see in such meticulous detail - lives filled with struggle, loss, perseverance, transformation, and triumph–Mariani leads us into some of the darkest corners of human existence, only to reveal our endless capacity for kindling new light.

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Since graduating with his MA in literature, MIKE MARIANI has worked as an English professor and freelance journalist, writing feature articles for publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian and essays for The Believer, Slate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Some of the topics Mariani has written about include the history of medical gaslighting, criminal cases involving mental illness, the opioid crisis, and the neuroscience of inequality.

 

KieranSetiya-thumbnail.jpgOCTOBER 17, 6pm CST | KIERAN SETIYA, author of Life Is Hard
in conversation with Porchlight’s Managing Director Sally Haldorson 

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There is no cure for the human condition: life is hard. But Kieran Setiya believes philosophy can help. He offers us a map for navigating rough terrain, from personal trauma to the injustice and absurdity of the world. In this profound and personal book, Setiya shows how the tools of philosophy can help us find our way. Drawing on ancient and modern philosophy as well as fiction, history, memoir, film, comedy, social science, and stories from Setiya's own experience, Life Is Hard is a book for this moment - a work of solace and compassion.

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KIERAN SETIYA is a professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of Midlife: A Philosophical Guide. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement (London), the London Review of Books, The New York Times, Aeon, and The Yale Review.

 

WillGuidara-thumbnail.jpgNOVEMBER 1, 6pm CST | WILL GUIDARA, author of Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
in conversation with Porchlight's Managing Director Sally Haldorson

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Will Guidara was twenty-six when he took the helm of Eleven Madison Park, a struggling two-star brasserie that had never quite lived up to its majestic room. Eleven years later, EMP was named the best restaurant in the world. How did Guidara pull off this unprecedented transformation? Radical reinvention, a true partnership between the kitchen and the dining room - and memorable, over-the-top, bespoke hospitality. And his hospitality extended beyond those dining at the restaurant to his own team, who learned to deliver praise and criticism with intention; why the answer to some of the most pernicious business dilemmas is to give more - not less; and the magic that can happen when a busser starts thinking like an owner.

Today, every business can choose to be a hospitality business - and we can all transform ordinary transactions into extraordinary experiences. Featuring sparkling stories of his journey through restaurants, Guidara urges us all to find the magic in what we do - for ourselves, the people we work with, and the people we serve.

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Will Guidara is the cofounder of The Welcome Conference, and the cofounder and former co-owner of Make It Nice, a restaurant group that includes Eleven Madison Park, Made Nice, and The NoMad.

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About The Author

Sally’s mission as Porchlight’s Managing Director is to make Porchlight a great place to work for employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for everyone in or orbiting the publishing industry. She also has a not-so-secret penchant for business strategy and contemplating the history and evolution of business, both as a socio-economic force and a literary genre. When she can find the time, she reads, writes, reviews, and edits alongside the company’s marketing team. Helping craft three editions of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time utilized both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.

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About The Author

Emily Porter is our Community & Publicity Manager who loves conversing with the wonderful authors we work with. A film photographer and long-time film industry nomad, she has had a constant love for books throughout her life. When not at work she enjoys curling up with her cats, adding to her bookshelves, practicing yoga, and photographing new landscapes. Travel. Cats. Coffee. Tea. Film. Books. RadioLab. National Geographic. Patti Smith. Dinosaurs.

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