Marcelle Soviero, local author and Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, will conduct a book reading and signing for her recent release, An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and Stepmotherhood, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Wilton Center sister shops, Krik It and Une Minette.

The event takes place from 10 to noon and features gift card, magazine subscriptions and book raffles, as well as Mamcat Q Teas, crumpets and other refreshments. All attendees will receive a complimentary issue of Brain, Child.

"We're excited to provide a venue for events of this type and to showcase local talent," said Rosanna Coughlin, co-owner of Krik It.

Ms. Soviero is the owner of Erielle Media and spearheads all of Brain, Child's operations and editorial duties. Founded in 2000, Brain, Child is the largest literary magazine dedicated to motherhood (www.brainchildmag.com).

"Our readers refer to us as "The New Yorker for Mothers," says Ms. Soviero. "We strive to bring together the many voices of women from different backgrounds and circumstances in a way that provides readers with insight and perspective on the ever-changing issues mothers face today."

The magazine's contributors have included the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists and acclaimed writers. After Brain, Child closed last July, Soviero purchased the publication and will relaunch it with a Winter 2013 issue, available Dec. 1.

The Moms Morning Out doubles as the commemoration of the magazine's revival and will include a Q & A session regarding "Weighty Matters," a Spring 2012 Brain, Child article about children and weight.

In addition to her editorial work, Ms. Soviero is an accomplished poet and essayist, teacher, artist, mother and stepmother. An Iridescent Life is a collection of essays celebrating the often untold positive aspects of step-parenting and parenting.

"I explore the extraordinary aspects of ordinary moments of motherhood; the perfectly imperfect balance we live day to day, each essay serves as a snapshot of an incident in a mother's life. All mothers can relate." Ms. Soviero has been published in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Salon.com, Eating Well, New York Metro Parent, Babble, Literary Mama, Upper East Side Magazine, and others.

Now residing in Wilton with her second husband and their blended family — comprised of five children aged 10 to 16 — Ms. Soviero teaches memoir writing, among other topics, at the Westport Writers Workshop and through Wilton Continuing Education. She balances Brain, Child and teaching with her private writing/coaching practice. She is also available to teach essay classes at local venues, including libraries and assisted living facilities, and can be contacted through her website at marcelle@marcellesoviero.com or at 203-563-9149.

The book signing and reading for Marcelle Soviero's An Iridescent Life will be held in the Une Minette portion of the side-by-side retailers. Krik It and Une Minette are at 5 River Road, Wilton Center. Guests are asked to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 15 to info@krikitkids.com. Walk-ins are welcome for standing room only.