Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying, out now! Signed copies available at Collected Works Bookstore.

Childhood Malnutrition, Empowering Women, and Healing the Earth
Conversation with Sharman Russell
Women’s International Study Centr, Santa Fe (via Zoom) 

June 6, 2021, 6:00 pm (RMT) Zoom
Join me in conversation with fellow Quaker Sharman Apt Russell, author of Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End it, a book on how childhood malnutrition affects our economies, cultures, and the future of the planet—and also the very reasonable solutions for this global problem. Hosted by the Women’s International Study Center. Register here

This is the second event in “Living with Love — Cultivating Earth Sense,” a year-long author conversation series/podcast I am beginning, including talks with David Williams, Kathleen Dean Moore, Gavin Van Horn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lyanda Haupt, and others. 



More to come….



20 Minutes a Day, August 2021

Len Leatherwood, author and president of Story Circle Network, reviewed Bless the Birds and interviewed me. I am honored by her words:

Susan’s book is peppered with wisdom, warmth, honesty and a generous dose of reality-based humor. It also tells a real love story of two people who face losing one another far sooner than they had anticipated and how they savor the time they have left. I laughed, cried and excused myself from several family gatherings so I could sneak away and continue reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to have a glimpse into a world where consciously living in the present teaches us how not to be so terribly afraid of dying. 

Read the full review and interview. 

Writer Advice, Spring 2021

B. Lynn Goodwin, novelist and editor of Writer Advice (online) interviewed me about Bless the Birds, writing, and living. She opened the interview with this praise for Bless the Birds:

Susan Tweit’s Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying is one of the most moving and well-rounded memoirs I’ve ever read — and I have read a lot of them. Though the story could happen to anyone, it’s the characters and their reverence for life and their relationship that makes this story stand above so many. The balance of joy and anguish is as impressive as author Susan Tweit’s skilled use of language and her enduring appreciation of nature. The structure of the story is strong as she travels between a long-delayed honeymoon and the years after her husband is diagnosed with brain cancer. Her life-affirming practices are woven throughout the story, balancing his loss of life with her resilience.  

Read the whole interview. 

Madam Mayo blog, April 2021

Writer and translator C.M. Mayo really got me thinking about why and how I write in these questions for her monthly author interview on her blog. Here’s my answer to her question about why I write memoir: 

What I find compelling about memoir is that it is a way to make use of my life experiences, “composting” them, as it were, into stories that inspire, inform, or guide others, whether or not they will ever encounter similar situations. At its best, memoir proves the truth of the saying, “The personal is the political.” Meaning how we live offers wisdom to illuminate national and world events, whether the generational trauma of racism, the struggle to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, or the long-term planetary crisis of climate change.  

Read the whole interview.


More to come…. 



Watch this three-minute Nature Conservancy video on pollinators featuring me, or sample this keynote talk. (It’s the full talk, in two parts.)