Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean will start the event by reading his piece "Don't Save Me". Tabitha will be hosting Q&A will a brief conversation with Billy Forney.

It's the end of summer, 2001. Erin O'Connor has everything she's ever dreamed of: good friends, a high-powered career at a boutique Manhattan firm, and a husband she adores. They have plans for their life together: careers, children, and maybe even a house in the country. But life has other plans. Daniel is a trader who works on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center. 

Erin is drinking margaritas on a beach in Mallorca, helping her best friend get over a breakup, when she hears a plane has crashed into Daniel's building. On a television at the smoky hotel bar, she watches his building collapse. She makes her way home with the help of a stranger named Alec, and once there, she haunts Ground Zero, nearby hospitals, and trauma centers, plastering walls and fences with missing-person flyers. But there's no trace of Daniel. 

After accepting Daniel's death, Erin struggles to get her life back on track but makes a series of bad decisions and begins to live her life in a self-destructive fog of booze and pills. It's not until she hits rock bottom that she realizes it's up to her to decide: Was her destiny sealed with Daniel's? Or is there life after happily ever after?

Tabitha Forney writes books to appease the voices in her head. She’s a mom, attorney, and yoga devotee who lives in Houston with her three kids and a husband who was on the 85th floor of the North Tower on 9/11 and lived to tell about it.

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean is the 2021 - 2023 Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs 5th Poet Laureate. In 2017 Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident and 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. Bean uses poetry to do collaborate with other mediums and institutions such as being the first poet to perform on a main stage production of Houston Ballet’s PLAY.

​Bean has also worked with many youth organization from across the country such as, Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and coach Tiger-Tail Production's 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach, and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance.

Billy Forney was on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center working as a commodity options trader for SMW trading Company when the first plane hit on 9/11.. Despite twice thinking he would die that day, he made it out of the building, helping others along the way. His survival story has been re-told numerous times in books, magazines, on radio and TV, and online. In addition, Billy has spoken about his 9/11 experience to numerous gatherings, including church groups, student bodies, Rotary clubs, and other private and public groups.

Billy is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Rice University. Following careers in financial services, commodity trading, and the oil industry, Billy is currently leading the charge to redevelop the old Palace Bowling Lanes on Bellaire Boulevard. The new venue, Palace Social, opened in June 2021. Billy and his wife, Tobey, live in West University Place where they are raising three children - Isabella, Luke, and Lexie.


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ISBN: 9781647421779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - September 7th, 2021