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Book Talk: Gwen Kingston’s Did I Ever Tell You?

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us as Gwen Kingston discusses her memoir DID I EVER TELL YOU? with Nikki Erlick


Based on her “Modern Love” piece (“She Put Her Unspent Love in a Cardboard Box”), this extraordinary memoir tells the astonishing story of a mother’s last gifts to her daughter, and the wisdom and love she bestowed upon her from beyond the grave.

Genevieve (Gwen) Kingston’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when Gwen was just three years old. Defying the odds, she lived another eight years–during which time she filled a chest with gifts and letters to Gwen and her brother, Jamie, for every major milestone and birthday through age thirty. The day Gwen got her driver’s license. The day she graduated from high school. Gwen is now in her thirties and, when Did I Ever Tell You? begins, three unopened boxes remain: engagement, marriage, and first baby. Two decades after her passing, Gwen’s mother’s extraordinary efforts created a lifelong conversation beyond the grave.

Did I Ever Tell You? is Crying in H Mart meets The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs. This is not just a gorgeously written mother-daughter story. It’s also the story of a family riven by grief and mental illness, and a story of a young woman’s navigation through both. It’s a book about family and legacy; and it’s one that emphatically declares, as Gwen’s mother does in a particularly powerful letter, that “Love is stronger than death.”


Genevieve Kingston holds BAs in theater and linguistics from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theater. She is the author of four plays and three one acts. In May 2021, her essay, “She Put Her Unspent Love in a Cardboard Box,” appeared in The New York Times’s “Modern Love” column. Did I Ever Tell You? is her first book. She lives with her partner in Brooklyn, New York.


Nikki Erlick is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Measure, which was selected as Jenna Bush Hager and The TODAY Show’s “Read With Jenna” Book Club pick, as well as the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Global translations of the novel are forthcoming in 24 languages. Nikki graduated Harvard University summa cum laude and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University.

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