Tomas Moniz, founder of the zine Rad Dad and editor of Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) will be in Vancouver in March. He’ll be talking about this new collection of essays with parents and anyone who has been involved in raising a kid and remained interested in staying ‘rad.’
I had the opportunity to interview Carla Bergman for the book in a piece called “Building a Community of Parents” where we talked about the idea that kids need more than their parents to guide, nourish and inspire them and that parents need their own mentors and guideposts to be the best parents they can be. (Learn more about Carla’s projects here).
Library Journal recently reviewed the book:
These collected essays, written by various contributors, are raw, inspired, and artful, capturing the joys and pains of parenting with no apologies and no lack of grace. As such, some entries will speak more to readers than others, but the truth and beauty they evoke is elegant and grounding, celebrating the victories and struggles of a generation of parents: “I did not grow up in a family where anything seemed possible. The future did not really exist because surviving the present was the priority.” Topics range from sex to incarceration to adoption and include the viewpoints of mothers and fathers both new and seasoned, introspective and wishing for a do-over. VERDICT For the literary-minded, this Rad Dad collective is a gem of inspired thought.