Joint Author Reading: Paul Lisicky & Garth Greenwell

Join us for a virtual author reading featuring Garth Greenwell and Paul Lisicky. Each author will read from and then discuss his recently published book. The conversation will be held on Crowdcast.

Register HERE for this free event. Registrants will be emailed an access link the week of the event.

When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At the same time, the center of this community is consumed by the AIDS crisis, and the very structure of town life is being rewired out of necessity: What might this utopia look like during a time of dystopia? Later dramatizes a spectacular yet ravaged place and a unique era when more fully becoming one’s self collided with the realization that ongoingness couldn’t be taken for granted, and staying alive from moment to moment exacted absolute attention. Following the success of his acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door, Lisicky fearlessly explores the body, queerness, love, illness, community, and belonging in this masterful, ingenious new book.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books, including Famous Builder and Lawnboy. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, among other organizations. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn.

Set in Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, Cleanness follows an American teacher navigating a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student’s confession recalls his own first love, a stranger’s seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with another foreigner opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves.

In exacting, elegant prose, Greenwell transcribes the strange dialects of desire, cementing his stature as one of our most vital living writers.

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the LA Times Book Prize. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in Iowa City.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
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Cleanness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374124588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

Later: My Life at the Edge of the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450161
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - March 17th, 2020