The Crying Book is a deeply personal tribute to the fascinating strangeness of tears and the unexpected resilience of joy.
Why do we cry? How do we cry? Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and now must reckon with her own depression and the birth of her first child. As she faces her grief and impending parenthood, she decides to research the act of crying: what it is and why people do it. She researches tear-collecting devices and explores the role white women’s tears play in racist violence. Motley performs Someday Sunday as Christle reads from her first book of nonfiction, The Crying Book.
Heather Christle is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University and the author of four poetry collections: The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books), The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books), What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press), and Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press). Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book, was published in 2019 by Catapult, and by others internationally.
Gary Motley is a jazz pianist and composer. He is best known for his captivating performances and classic yet current sound. Motley has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. As the Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University, Gary has developed The Strickland Jazz Studio – an interactive teaching facility that integrates the rich heritage of American jazz with today’s technology practices.