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In Conversation with Mark O’Connell – Diesel Bookstore, Oakland

January 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Mark O’Connell to the store to discuss and sign Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings, on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 pm. Joining him in conversation will be author of the foreword, Liza Monroy. Yummy cupcakes and wine will be provided by Sweet Adeline Bake Shop and Paul Marcus wines!

This book is for any couple, of the same or opposite sex, seeking a personalized wedding that dignifies the relationship and the individual self. This guide emboldens you to harness your unique, brazen, queer truth—to be creative and to plan your wedding your way.

Every fiancé and fiancée faces the question, how do I become something new without losing myself? Using his own story, author Mark O’Connell reflects on conflicts that arrive during wedding transitions, as well as various other transitions throughout your lives.

As a psychotherapist, O’Connell offers ideas to bridge relational gaps with your partner, family, and friends. As a professional actor, he also offers insight into the ways your wedding is a theatrical production and how this can help you to conceptualize the event, consolidate your efforts, and increase creative collaboration as a couple. This will serve you not only on your big day, but also for the rest of your time together.

Whether we’re straight, gay, or other, weddings inspire us to carve out more fun, freedom, recognition, life space, love space, and connubial space than we’ve ever had before.

Mark O’Connell is a New York City-based psychotherapist in private practice. As a Psychology Today expert, he writes the column Quite Queerly and regularly contributes to the Huffington Post. His scholarly writing has been published by Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.


January 22, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm