Author Rita Nelson to sign books about transgender daughter Aug. 26

At Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach
August 22, 2017

Browseabout Books will host a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, with Rita Nelson, a retired Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Delaware whose daughter Kristen is transgender. Nelson's memoir "Always Kristen" takes the reader through the secrets, lies and vagaries of discovery, disclosure and discussion of how a mother and family coped with the life-changing transitions from "It's a boy," to "Mom, I'm a girl."

Nelson is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild and a featured author in the guild's recently published anthology, "Rehoboth Reimagined."

She is a past secretary/treasurer of Integrity, the Episcopal LGBT support organization, and she serves on the Governor's Child Placement Review Board. Nelson has spoken extensively about her experience. While signing books, she will be happy to talk with customers about her experience as the mother of a transgender child and also about her experience of writing this book, a years-long endeavor.

 Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Episcopal priest and author, said, "In a mom's concrete and hit-the-ground-running examination of what parenting means once we understand that it's not controlling the lives of our children, Rita Nelson allows us to watch her discovery of the fullness of the life she brought into the world. I closed the book grateful for this humane and clear-eyed treatment of an issue too often reduced to sound bites."

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