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Saturday, May 14, 2022
1:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore

(773) 752-4381


Selma Blair will discuss "Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up."

Presented in parternship with the Chicago Humanities Festival
This is a ticketed in-person event. It will be held at the Field Museum. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Find more details on health and safety measures here.

About the book: The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven, and behaving dramatically so that she would be the center of attention. Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, devastating memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair's "Mean Baby" is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.

About the author: Selma Blair is an actress best known for her roles in 'Legally Blonde,' 'Cruel Intentions,' 'The Sweetest Thing,' and 'Hellboy.' Blair was named a Time Person of the Year in 2017 as one of their Silence Breakers, and she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her narration of 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' She is the subject of the documentary 'Introducing, Selma Blair,' which reveals Blair’s intimate and raw journey with multiple sclerosis. Blair lives with her son in Los Angeles. Photo by Raul Romo.