Author Talk: Karen Shiffman Lateiner
Join us for a talk and Q&A with former longtime Montclair resident Karen Shiffman Lateiner, author of Timeless Dance: A Story of Change and Loss.
About the book:
Timeless Dance takes you on Karen Shiffman Lateiner’s compelling journey to understand the gender transition of her remarkable son, fully embrace the woman he becomes and, just two years later, grapple with her child’s untimely death. Informed by her Jewish roots, the author speaks frankly of her experiences of family, joy, death, grief, gender, and the power of the human spirit. Join her on an unusual tour of a mother’s mind as she reflects on her own history in coping with her child’s transition and death. At a time when transgender issues were still hidden, she and her family educate themselves and their communities, turning their grief to advocacy. More than a memoir, this story of change and loss is a tribute to her child’s legacy as a writer and computer software developer, and to the love and support of family and friends.
About the author:
Karen Shiffman Lateiner holds both an M.A. and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. Throughout her personal life, and her professional career as an infant development specialist and mental health clinician, she has advocated safe and nurturing school environments for all children. Among her greatest influences are her two children who taught her much about life. After retirement, she and her husband traveled the country by motorhome before making Arizona their home. Combining her love of writing and the Sonoran desert, Ms. Lateiner encourages other writers in a Hike and Write group she created.
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