Kate Braestrup: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Kate Braestrup

Award-Winning Author

In her award-winning memoir Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup won the hearts of readers across the country with her deeply moving and deftly humorous stories of faith, hope and family. Now in her latest release Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, Braestrup’s inimitable voice and generous spirit turns to the subjects of love and commitment.

Part memoir, part observation of modern marriage, and part meditation on the roles of God and love in our everyday lives, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is a unique and unforgettable look into why and how we love each other. It proves yet again why Braestrup’s writing is “inspirational in the best sense” (New York Daily News).

As a minister, Kate Braestrup regularly performs weddings. She has also, at 44, been married twice and widowed once, and accordingly has much to say about life after the ceremony. From helping a newlywed couple make amends after their first fight to preparing herself for her second marriage, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity takes an insightful look into love.

Braestrup’s award-winning true story, Here If You Need Me, begins with a memory she relives nearly every day: the last time she saw her husband, Drew, a Maine State Trooper, alive. As a young, grieving mother of four, Kate Braestrup coped with his death by becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister, and, eventually became on of the first chaplains ever appointed to the Maine Warden Service, which conducts search-and-rescue operations when people are reported missing. Here If You Need Me won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Non-Fiction.

She is the author of a novel, Onion (Viking, 1990), and has written for Mademoiselle, Ms., City Paper, Hope and Law & Order.

Braestrup’s deeply poignant writing enhances her vast and sometimes unbelievable experiences, and in person she is just as moving and eloquent. With poise and grace, she brings to life the truths and complexities of a sometimes unbearable subject that continues to affect millions of people every day—whether in the news or in one’s own backyard.

At the podium, Braestrup offers her insights and experiences on what it truly means to share your life with someone, from the first kiss to the last straw, for better or for worse. Kate also explores coping with the loss of a loved one who’s job is dangerous; how faith has helped her in her searches; and which of her cases was the most difficult to work on in Here if You Need Me.

She lives in Maine with her husband, Simon van der Ven, and their six children.

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  • Marriage & Other Acts of Charity: Life After the Ceremony
  • Here If You Need Me: How to Cope with Loss

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