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Published on Aug 3, 2016
Frances Stroh shares from and discusses her new memoir, BEER MONEY: A MEMOIR OF PRIVILEGE AND LOSS, with Toby Barlow, novelist and a co-founder of Write A House.
A portion of the proceeds from BEER MONEY were donated to 826michigan in support of their new tutoring center in Detroit for children in under-served schools.
In this candid debut, Stroh reveals the complexities of her childhood and what it was like to come of age as a member of Detroit’s Stroh’s Beer family, once in possession of the largest private beer fortune in America. The Stroh Brewery Company suffered a rapid and precipitous loss of market share during the 1980s and 1990s, declining from a Forbes 400 company to become near penniless. Stroh writes about the painful unraveling of her family as well as her struggle to find her own identity and way forward as an artist.
Stroh also addresses the process of writing her first book and her experiences navigating the publishing world as a new author. The reading and conversation will be followed by a book signing in the MOCAD store.
Frances Stroh was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. from Chelsea College of Art in London as a Fulbright Scholar. She practiced as an installation artist, exhibiting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London before turning to writing. Frances is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and her work across all media explores issues of identity, point of view, and the mythologies that define us.
Toby Barlow is the author of Babayaga and Sharp Teeth. He lives in Detroit.