Book Talk

Premiere DateAug 2, 2014
00:00 Book Talk Intro – DJ Kory
06:17 “Demon” – Bear In Heaven
11:02 Interview with Wendy Ortiz Part 1
22:34 “If I Were To Lie” – Bear In Heaven
26:11 Interview with Wendy Ortiz Part 2
42:29 “Autumn” – Bear In Heaven
45:10 Book Talk Outro – DJ Kory
46:50 “You Don’t Need The World” – Bear In Heaven
51:00 Finish

Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life.

In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It’s a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart.

Bear In Heaven Upcoming Shows:
Aug 04 — Rough Trade — Brooklyn, NY
Aug 20 — Johnny Brendas — Philadelphia, PA
Aug 21 — Sinclair — Cambridge, MA
Aug 22 — Rock N Roll Hotel — Washington, DC
Aug 23 — Cats Cradle Back Room — Carrboro, NC
Aug 24 — Terminal West — Atlanta, GA
Aug 26 — Spanish Moon — Baton Rouge, LA
Aug 27 — Peacock Room at House Of Blues — Houston, TX
Aug 28 — The Parish — Austin, TX

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…