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September 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Ann Humphreys | THE TAO OF HOOP
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
AN EVENING WITH ANN HUMPHREYS
Friday, September 23, 7 PM | IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables
Join us in-person at Books & Books as Ann Humphreys discusses her latest book THE TAO OF THE HOOP.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
The Tao of Hoop is a philosophical memoir about how the humble hula-hoop transformed one woman’s life…but, seriously, though!
Ann Humphreys was not aware that she didn’t understand how to feel–something we don’t learn about in school–until she very randomly (through crushing on a hot dude) found the hula-hoop at age 35.
Having endured a life-altering loss as a teenager, Ann had learned to handle grief and pain through the time-honored Southern traditions of denial and repression. The hula-hoop broke those old patterns, allowing her to meet a new wave of challenges with a clear mind and an open heart.
Part story, part treatise, part inquiry, part self-help guide–The Tao of Hoop is a raw, poetic, and captivating read you will have a hard time putting down.
About the Author:
ANN HUMPHREYS grew up in North Carolina and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Barnard College. She obtained her MFA in Poetry Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in 2000. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Which Lies Are Necessary?, was published by Hollyridge Press in 2005.
Before and after getting her MFA, Ann worked in the editorial department of the unique ad-free literary publication The Sun Magazine. In the early 2000s, she also worked for several years as a mitigation investigator in death-penalty appeals cases.
In 2006–after she spied a hot guy hooping–the hula-hoop overtook her life completely. She spent many years traveling and teaching hoopdance as an embodied practice with her teacher and partner, Jonathan Baxter (the hot guy) of the HoopPath. Since lovingly parting ways with Bax in 2010, Ann has continued to teach hooping as a movement meditation, focusing on how the dance feels in the body as opposed to routines or tricks.
After many years of discussions with agents, editors, and publishers about the uncategorizable nature of her philosophical memoir, Ann raised 10K through her community in the summer of 2020, and published The Tao of Hoop: On the Transformational Practice of Hula-Hooping (Seriously, Though). She also performed and edited her own audiobook, and is currently sprinting up the steeply pitched mountain of learning how to market it.