An evening with Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado will join me at Kepler’s Books on February 1, 2020 to talk about her incredible new memoir, In the Dream House.
In the Dream House offers a deftly woven exploration of a topic often blurred and hidden—and Machado is staggering in the telling of it. The author shares her experience of falling in love with a mercurial, jealous, charismatic and abusive woman. Using a kaleidoscopic and literary lens to explore the haunted house of this abusive relationship, Machado shares her story in themed pieces that make it both easier to grasp and impossible to forget—fragments of love and fear made more powerful by the context she provides from literature, personal history, and broader queer representation.
The result is a masterwork of empathetic power, beauty, and personal reckoning. You live, along with Machado, In the Dream House.
An evening with Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman joined me at Kepler’s Books on October 2, 2019 to talk about her novel, The World That We Knew.
The World That We Knew opens on the eve of 1941, when a Rabbi’s daughter crafts a golem from mud and water to protect a young Jewish girl from harm.
The golem binds two lives: a child forced away from her mother’s love to stay alive, and a Rabbi’s-daughter-turned-resistance-fighter in WWII. Magic unveils this well-traversed historical period in an absolutely unique and revelatory way. Through very different storylines, these young women are flung across continents, into a convent hideout, fall in love, traverse France, and retain courage and humanity in an impossible time.
Geek Girl Con 2019
Clara and her Physical Kids Weekly cohost, Dani Lowry, will take part in a panel on fandom grief at this year’s Geek Girl Con in Seattle, November 16-17. They will be joined by Intersectional Therapies’ Rian Roberson.