Bill Mathis, author of Face Your Fears

Event date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
Mathis event



A Room of One's Own welcomes Bill Mathis, author of Face Your Fears!

Face Your Fears brims with vitality as it challenges the traditional concepts of normalcy, family, disability and love. Nate is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy raised in a family of achievers. He must be fed, dressed and toileted, yet has unique skills and abilities he gradually becomes aware of. Jude is able-bodied, one of 10 children raised on a hardscrabble Iowa farm. He can change diapers, cook, fix equipment, milk cows, and discovers his vocation as a physical therapist. Both experience tragic teen-age losses, navigate family tragedies, and come to peace with who they are individually as gay men, and eventually together. 

Bill Mathis’ debut novel is based from his life experiences working with marginalized youth and families, and his imagination. He directed YMCA camps that served diverse populations including the disabled, and he helped open and direct a foster care agency. A preacher's kid from a large family, Bill grew up in a tiny town filled with other big families, which may be the reason he frequently writes about family. He has children and grandchildren, is divorced, retired, and lives with his partner in Beloit, Wisconsin. He travels, reads, writes and volunteers with hospice.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
SKU: 9781721937837A