Join the Book Project on Friday night for happy hour, catered dinner, and a keynote with Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me, on the process of charging through a book-length project, with an emphasis on endings. The talk will be followed by a Q&A, and Febos’s books will be for sale by Tattered Cover. Dinner and drinks included (vegetarian and gluten-free options available). First come, first served (20 open seats).
5:00 PM: Happy hour with current Book Project members
6:00 PM: Catered dinner
7:00 PM: Melissa Febos's talk, followed by a Q&A
About the talk:
Invention is a part of all literary art. Reality is subjective and memory faulty. Beliefs, like the people who hold them, often change. But beneath the fluid elements of every literary work, and in the mind of its writer, resides a pulsing heart of truth that only she can name. And she must. As writers, it is our job to name what others will not, or cannot. Crafting literary art from the raw material of our own experience and imagination requires expertise with the tools of our craft, but also the guts and grace necessary to meet the gaze of our subjects, ourselves, and sometimes the most unpretty truths. Courage in art is not measured by aptitude or audience; it is measured by the amount of fear and knowing we must walk through to face that deeper truth. Only to the degree that we subject ourselves to this challenge can we expect to be transformed, and to transform our readers.
Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Salon, The New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.
Febos will also be giving a reading at BookBar on Saturday, April 22, 7:00 PM, with Joe Aguilar and Robert Long Foreman of Pleiades Press.