Here’s your chance to meet that crazy, brave lady who changed her life by embarking on weekly new adventures for one year.
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley will sign copies of her book, “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares,” Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore at the Gateway.The 1983 UT alumna will talk about her uplifting and amusing escapades and read from her debut.
Her year of personal challenges included suiting up as Rocksy the mascot for a UT soccer game; babysitting quadruplets; going on a raid with the vice squad and SWAT team; visiting a nude beach — and taking her 75-year-old mother; performing as a mime outside a shopping center in Newport, Ky.; and crashing a wedding reception — and catching the bride’s bouquet.
“Homecoming is always a special time of the year,” she said. “For me, this year will be even more exciting and rewarding. When I attended UT and worked four years as a UT bookstore student employee, I never dreamed I’d someday return there as an author.”
Released Aug. 15 by She Writes Press, “Finding My Badass Self” continues to receive raves. PopSugar included it in its top five books in the wellness category, and Buzzfeed.com named the book one of five fall reads “guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.” Positive press from trade journals includes Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review and Foreword Reviews.
And Stanfa-Stanley was named the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop Humor Writer of the Month in September.
Stanfa-Stanley returned to work at her alma mater in 1992 and is the director of foundation and development communications at the UT Foundation. She received an Outstanding Woman Award last spring from the University Women’s Commission.
The witty writer continues to schedule book-signing events. Check out upcoming appearances at sherrystanfa.stanley.com, which links to facebook.com/The52at52Project, where it all began in 2013 when she started chronicling her wild, weird and wonderful reinvention.
“Finding My Badass Self” is available at her signing, most local bookstores, and all online book retailers.