Peggy Orenstein, author of "Unraveling" at the Walnut Creek Library

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Walnut Creek Library, Oak Room
1644 N. Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Unraveling cover
Peggy Orenstein

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation’s Live! From the Library


Peggy Orenstein

as she presents


Orenstein will take part in a live interview and will answer all questions about her book.

In her captivating memoir, Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dying Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater, Orenstein recounts how, while everyone else was stress-baking and doomscrolling through the COVID-19 shutdown, she felt the inexplicable, unquenchable urge to confront a large animal, snip off its fleece, and transform it, step-by-step, into a cozy, comforting garment. 

What Orenstein didn’t expect was all she would discover about how clothing has shaped civilization, class, culture, power, or its pivotal role in our environmental future. Or how the ancient skills she learned would deepen her awareness of women’s work or challenge her sense of place and home. She didn’t anticipate that her quirky project would reflect the social justice reckonings of the moment, or that making yarn would help her untangle the knots of her own life.

Program sponsors are East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press Lafayette.

NOTE: Masks are strongly encouraged for program attendees ages 2 and older.



Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063081727
Availability: Not on our shelves, but available to order.
Published: Harper - January 24th, 2023