Upcoming Readings and Events

If you don't see any upcoming readings in your area, feel free to book me for your Book Club or other venue. I have given presentations at hospitals, private homes, and elsewhere. I can even visit via Skype. For details, click Book Me! 

Upcoming Readings

Sarah Townsend in Conversation with Monica Wesolowska. Books Inc, Berkeley, Tuesday, July 16th, 7:00 PM.

Past Panels and Lectures

  • Motherlode: Women on Mothers. Reading with Peg Alford Purcell, Melissa Cistaros and more. Octopus Salon, Oakland, 7 PM, May 18th.

  • How We Die: Making Sense of Modern Death Bay Area Book Festival, 2015

  • Moving Beyond Sad: Transforming Tough Topics Into Great Reads BABF, 2015

  • Being with Death: The Art of Dying in the Modern Age, Litquake, SF, 2014

  • "Relationship Memoir: Living through it" AWP, Seattle, 2013

  • Core Friday Lecture, 2013, UC Merced

  • "Memoir: Women's Passages" Litquake Palo Alto, 2013

  • "Lit on the Lake: A Plunge into the East Bay's Literary Depths" Litquake, Oakland, 2013

Hospital Talks

  • Holding Silvan: End-of-Life From One Family's Perspective, Sutter CPMC, San Francisco, 2015

  • Slowing Down for Stories: Medical Crises From Patients' Perspectives with Liz Scarboro, UCSF, 2014

  • Wounded Storytellers: Mothers of Patients Speak with Maria Hummel, UCSF, 2014

  • Kaiser Oakland, Kaiser Richmond, Highland Hospital of Oakland, HMC of Seattle and more

Monica signs copies of  Holding Silvan  at Powell's Books in Portland, May 2013

Monica signs copies of Holding Silvan at Powell's Books in Portland, May 2013

Watch Monica read from Holding Silvan  at Why There Are Words in Sausalito, CA on Sep. 12, 2013.


"Creative, resilient, brilliant....Monica's presentations offer deeply supportive resources for families healing and recovering after neonatal loss. Her profound journey brings us to the farthest reaches of mother love; a love enduring and never ending."

--Dr. Meghan Lewis, Perinatal Psychotherapist, BirthWays Board Member

"I convinced my book group to read it with me- because I was afraid to read it on my own. I loved and savored Holding Silvan. This book should be required reading in medical, nursing and social work schools. It should live in your library and be shared with people you care about. It's that kind of good."

--Kim Cardoso, CNM, MS Nurse Midwife, LifeLong Medical Care

"Holding Silvan is a beautiful example of how much a loss can teach us about the art of living.  Loving and losing a baby touches on our deepest pain and vulnerability.  Monica gives voice to this experience while showing why deep human connections are worth the risk.  As a presenter, Monica demonstrates the same compassion and insight that is the hallmark of her writing."  

--Donna Rothert, PhD  Perinatal Psychologist

“I'm in awe at how Monica relives her own experiences, teaching us to be more aware, sensitive and responsive as clinicians to the needs of our patients and their families. This kind of dialogue between parents and medical staff provides an educational richness that cannot be equaled.”

 --Robin Kramer, RN, MS, PNP/ Compass Care Pediatric Palliative Care Program/ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

"...the panel — including writers Katy Butler and Monica Wesolowska, physician/writers Louise Aronson and Jessica Zitter — was stunning. The give and take of the women was inspiring, as was their admission of being sometimes stymied by dilemmas, ambivalent.  There were more questions than there were answers." 

--Leah Garchick, SF Chronicle

"Monica made the evening. She is so intelligent & self-possessed that everyone grasps and yet moves beyond the almost unimaginable ordeal to consider the issues involved."

--Frances Starn (book discussion participant) and author of Soup of the Day