Rebecca Brown (The Gifts of the Body, The Terrible Girls) has long been considered one of our most inventive and edgy lesbian fiction writers. In this most recent collection of writing, she is at the height of her creative and intuitive powers. In a gonzo mix of pop culture, autobiography, fiction, and literary history, Brown presents Gertrude Stein presiding over a same-sex religious movement, intersects the lives of the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and reveals the sex life of H. G. Wells’s Invisible Man. Despite a mostly playful tone, Brown underscores humor with a serious examination of the ways America has tried and failed to craft and tell its own story. Brown will be joined by Chicago essayist Christine Simokaitis, whose work has appeared in journals Natural Bridge, Alligator Juniper, and Calyx, and in the anthologies Are We Feeling Better Yet? and Mourning Sickness.
Friday, October 9, 2009 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm