On Thursday, March 8, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Women Food and God Geneen Roth will take part in an Innovation + Leadership event, discussing with audiences her new book, THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE: A Field Guide. Her compelling story about how an imperfect and unapologetic woman can live a fulfilling life is sure to resonate with women of all ages. The book includes a foreword by the bestselling author Anne Lamott.

The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q&A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a reserved seat and copy of THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE.

"I don't think there's one person who hasn't been slowed up-or fully stopped-by negative thinking, particularly the haunting worry, 'I'm not good enough,'" said Margaret Talcott, Producer of Innovation + Leadership and the evening's moderator. "I'm excited to talk with Geneen Roth about THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE, her personal journey to find peace, and her work with thousands of women facing the challenge to finally feel good about themselves."


From the time she was a young girl, Geneen Roth was told she was too sensitive, too emotional, too curious, too demanding, too intense, and too big. Like most women who struggle with their weight, she believed that if she could resolve what seemed to be the source of her self-hatred - how and what she ate - she would be thin, happy, and free. That belief, she discovered, was false.

When her struggle with food ended - and didn't change anything except the size of her thighs - she kept trying to fix other broken parts of herself with therapy, intensive meditation retreats, and rigorous spiritual practices. Yet it was only when Geneen stopped trying to change or fix herself that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up what Geneen calls "the Me Project," and finding the freedom, peace, and power that await us just beyond it.

Based on Roth's personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women, THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women's feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships. It shows us how to be open, curious and comfortable with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

The book includes a foreword by Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Bird by Bird; and Operating Instructions.


Geneen Roth is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It. She has been teaching groundbreaking workshops and retreats for over thirty years and has appeared on numerous national shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Today show, Good Morning America, and The View. She lives in California with charms of hummingbirds; her husband Matt; and Izzy the fabulous, eating-disordered dog. For more information about her work, please visit


Tickets for Innovation + Leadership: Geneen Roth on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00pm are $40 ($30 for members) and include an autographed copy of THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE ($26, hardcover), bar beverage, author presentation, Q&A and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at

In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation + Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond - all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today's champions in philanthropy, feminism and family matters, each Innovation + Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation + Leadership series delivers on that commitment.

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