I’m Reading at Open Books Tonight!

I’m so excited to be “in discussion” with Britt Julious tonight at 6 pm at Open Books in River North (213 W. Institute Pl). Join us!!

Here are the deets (bottom line: Britt is awesome)…


Open Books presents An Evening with Rachel Bertsche, hosted by Britt Julious, Thursday October 9th at 6 p.m.

After her bestselling first book, MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel sets her sights on the glamorous lives of movie stars. In Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me, she embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models—while sticking to a budget—to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. In discussion with local writer Britt Julious, Rachel will explain the preparations behind the project, her own relationship to Hollywood, and her biggest takeaways from writing Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me.


In addition to her books, Rachel has written for the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women’s Health, New York, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and more. Rachel has written about everything from porn films to shark skin, and her work has been included in three of the O, The Oprah Magazine annual anthologies.


Host Britt Julious is a born and bred Chicagoan with a devotion to snappy pieces of really, really good writing. In 2014, Britt founded Inland, an online and print publication examining contemporary Midwest culture. She also writes for a variety of different publications and organizations including Vice, where she is the Chicago contributor, The Guardian, WBEZ, Pitchfork and Rookie. She currently serves as the senior editor of literary site This Recording where she is free to expound on the merits of Ishiguro and Whitney Houston equally. In 2012, The Chicago Reader named her the city’s “Best Local Writer Who Excels at Social Media.” She is a champion for the underdog, a lover of sequins and a proud Black Hippie.


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4 responses to “I’m Reading at Open Books Tonight!

  1. Aww well done, Rachel! I am 2/3 the way through your most recent offering, and it is a lovely read! (I had no idea about Gwyneth’s pizza ovens… haha! Note to self: Never do a Gwyneth cleanse…) Such fun, and I’m amazed you survived. Hope the interview goes well, and your sales soar! xx Mother Hen

  2. Anonymous

    I hope you are reading an open book it’s hard to read a closed one

  3. Norma Moore

    I am looking for a bff who likes to laugh, likes movies and is 55-60

  4. I couldn’t find an email for you but I just read your article on the 12 year old who scored 162 on the Mensa test. I used to give the Mensa test and that score isn’t as unusual as you imply. Furthermore, how do you know it’s two points higher than Einstein or Hawking? Did they ever take the Mensa test? Remember, all IQ tests are not the same, and a score of 140 on one may be equivalent to 162 on another. I doubt that Einstein ever took an IQ test, much less the Mensa test, and genius and high IQ are two different things. As a psychologist, I think your article is quite misleading.

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