Tonight is a special evening.  I have the joy of hearing Ben Fountain read from his new book.  Ben is one of the leaders featured in my book, where he shares his journey of becoming a writer.

Ben’s story is more than a narrative about forging ahead, though.  More than a story about hard work and starting from scratch, more than a story of enduring harsh setbacks.  His is also a story about showing up at his kitchen table to write every day for years and learning to tolerate the uncertainty of what happened next.

It turns out that his work has been awarded some of the highest honors and biggest prizes.

And I will be celebrating that this evening.

And I will also be reminded of what it is to show up for what we love and commit to an endeavor when the outcome is far from assured.

To read Ben’s story you can go here.