Meet Amy Wilson, Author of When Did I Get Like This?

September 27, 2011 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $30 – includes an autographed book, refreshments and admission to the sculpture garden (come early and stroll!).
Members: $25
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The Lynden Sculpture Garden kicks off an occasional author series organized by Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads, featuring writers of particular interest to women.

We begin with a program especially for moms featuring Amy Wilson, actress, comedian, blogger, mother of three and author of the one-woman off-Broadway hit play Mother Load. Wilson is celebrating the paperback release of When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken Nugget Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be, her hilarious autobiographical book about parenting.

Join Amy Wilson for a reading and lively discussion of her book, and some informal commiseration over delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine. Come early and get acquainted with Lynden’s collection of more than 50 monumental outdoor sculptures.

More on Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson is the author of When Did I Get Like This? and of Mother Load, a one-woman show currently on national tour. She’s been a contributing editor for Parenting magazine, and has also written for Redbook, BabyTalk,, and Her kids are 3, 6, and 8, and she contends that they are the source of much of her best material.

Amy Wilson is the mother of three children whom she raises with her husband in New York City. Once in a while, she is actually pretty good at it. She is a contributor to Parenting magazine and the creator of the one-woman show, Mother Load, which has been touring the United States since its hit engagement off-Broadway in 2007.

Amy began her career as an actress after graduating from Yale University with a degree in English. She appeared on Broadway as Sunny Freitag in the Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and in dozens of other plays both in New York City and around the country. She was a series regular on the sitcoms Norm (ABC) with Norm MacDonald and Daddio (NBC) with Michael Chiklis, and had a recurring role on Felicity. Other TV guest appearances include Blue Bloods, Ed, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Deadline, Boston Common, and All My Children. Her film credits include Kinsey, Kissing Jessica Stein, Keeping the Faith, Occupant, and Ira and Abby.

Along the way, Amy began writing her own material. She wrote and performed sketch comedy with Live on Tape, which shot six episodes of a late-night comedy show for NBC in Saturday Night Live’s studios. She has also written and performed four one-woman shows (all in collaboration with director Julie Kramer); one of them, A Cookie Full of Arsenic, was featured at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where TV Guide said it “won raves.”

Amy blogs regularly at Her writing about motherhood has also appeared in Parenting, Redbook, and babytalk magazines, and on websites like Babble and When Did I Get Like This? is Amy’s first book.

More on When Did I Get Like This?

Amy Wilson’s hilarious, tender memoir of all the ways her children drive her crazy – and she drives herself crazy – had me laughing out loud with recognition. She captures the small moments of motherhood in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking.
-Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project

Amy Wilson is the kind of mom with whom I’d like to have a cocktail, preferably a stiff one at the end of a long day of playground runs. Wise, feeling and gut-bustingly funny, When Did Get Like This? is What to Expect When You’re Expecting for moms you’d actually like as friends.
-Amy Sohn, author of Prospect Park West

Funny, smart and insightful, When Did I Get Like This? is ultimately about embracing the messy, complicated, and impossible-to-plan-for moments of motherhood and experiencing it for the adventure it really is. In this age when mothers are constantly bombarded with unrealistic expectations of perfection, Amy Wilson’s voice rings real and true.
-Sara Ellington, author of The Must-Have Mom Manual and The Mommy Chronicles

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