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On America: Laura Cathcart Robbins on the Intersections of Addiction, Recovery, and Race

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Thursday, 7:00 pm EST March 16, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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The Center for Fiction welcomes Laura Cathcart Robbins for the release of her memoir, Stash. The narrative follows Robbins after years of hiding her addiction from everyone as she faces divorce, the possibility of a grueling custody battle, and internalized racism. Robbins will be joined in discussion with Emily McCombs and Jessica Hoppe, journalists whose work covers intersectional aspects of addiction and recovery. Engage with a crucial conversation about what it means to be Black in a startlingly white world and the journey toward sobriety and love. Through the lens of Robbins’ vivid story, the panel will explore the complexities of addiction, race, and class in contemporary America.

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In Conversation

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    Laura Cathcart Robbins

    Laura Cathcart Robbins

    Laura Cathcart Robbins is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and host of the popular podcast The Only One in the Room. She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Her recent articles in HuffPost and The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a 2022 TEDx Speaker, and an LA Moth StorySlam winner. Currently, she sits on the advisory boards of the San Diego Writer’s Festival and the Outliers HQ Podcast Festival. She lives in California. Follow her on Instagram @LauraCathcartRobbins and find out more at TheOnlyOnePod.com.

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    Emily McCombs

    Emily McCombs

    Emily McCombs is the Deputy Editor of HuffPost Personal, where she writes and edits first-person essays. She also gives advice in a weekly column at Slate.

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    Jessica Hoppe

    Jessica Hoppe

    Jessica Hoppe is a Honduran Ecuadorian writer based in New York City. She has been featured on ABC News, HBOMax Pa’lante! and her work has appeared in the Latino Book Review, the New York Times, Vogue, GEN Mag, Paper Magazine, and elsewhere. Jessica is a board member of Time of Butterflies, a non-profit supporting families through domestic abuse recovery, and an advocate with Sad Girls Club, a digital mental health resource for BIPOC women and femmes. She is currently writing her debut memoir, First In the Family, which is forthcoming in 2024 from Flatiron.