Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie joins us this week. The journalist,  author, blogger, writing teacher, wedding officiant will talk about her latest book, THE TAO OF BOB (March Girls Studio; March 24, 2018)

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Spike Gillespie is the critically acclaimed author of eight books, including her most recent,  THE TAO OF BOB (March Girls Studio; March 24, 2018).

Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and many other publications. Spike also provides commentary for Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT. She is the President of the Office of Good Deeds, an informal group of Austinites who enjoy performing good deeds for those in need. She is also a big time knitter, total dog fanatic, and passionate traveler, as well as writing teacher, wedding & funeral officiant,. She was voted Best Writer in Austin 2006, and Best Memoirist/NonFiction Writer in Austin in 2016 and 2017 by Austin Chronicle Readers. 

Spike grew up in New Jersey, went to college at the University of South Florida, and spent some time in Knoxville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri before arriving in Austin in 1991. Initially she thought Austin would just be another stop along the way, but before long she realized this was the place she truly belonged. She raised her son Henry Mowgli here and, not at all surprisingly, thanks in large part to being raised in such a creative city, he grew up to be a musician and visual artist.

About  THE TAO OF BOB (March Girls Studio; March 24, 2018)

This memoir is the unlikely story of how, Bob, an 87 year-old midwestern farmer, moved from Mooresville, Indiana to Garfield, Texas in 2016, to live with Spike, a middle-aged woman with a punk rock sensibility and a ranch that fell into her lap. Spike had zero knowledge of how to run the ranch, an abandoned meth lab and junkyard when she bought it. Bob was exhausted from having spent years caring for his wife of 66 years, who died a long, slow death. Total strangers when they met, Bob and Spike fast became best friends. Bob, aka Pop, taught Spike how to run the ranch. Spike made Pop into a social media star. More importantly, he helped heal her from a shattered heart and the extreme trauma she experienced at the hands of Peter, a Narcissistic Abuser who led a secret double life full of darkness and deceit. It didn’t take long for Bob to also take on the role of honorary father and re-parent Spike, helping her overcome the damage of childhood abuse, too. In Spike, Pop found a partner in crime. Left to their own devices, the two of them had more fun than a couple of teenagers whose parents had gone away for the weekend with the warning, “Now you kids, don’t get into trouble!” They ate candy for dinner and did donuts in Bob’s golf cart on the lawn. They discovered the healing properties of THC. They laughed their asses off. And together they discovered that, if you open your mind, you can discover True Love can be found in the most unlikely places. This collection includes interlocking pieces about their time together with a cast of characters including a horse with cancer, a flock of very funny chickens, Chuck Norris, snakes in the house, Weekend Vampires, lesbian brides, gospel singers, rock n’ rollers, and a whole host of others. It’s a story of deep pain, tremendous healing, and enduring love. –March Girls Studio

For more information, please see SpikeGillespie.com.

In addition to performing weddings, Spike leads memoir writing workshops and retreats.

You can keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook and her blogs,Meditation Kicks Ass, Keeping Austin Austin,  Good Girl Rebound, and Weddings Are a Racket.