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In-person Author Reading: STRIP by Hannah Sward

Join us for an in-person event in celebration of Strip: A Memoir by Hannah Sward. Sward will be in conversation with Rob Roberge. 

Please note, Women & Children First requires masks and proof of vaccination for all event attendees. 


Born in the bohemian seventies, Hannah Sward was abandoned by her mother, and lived with her poet father on an island with no stores or cars. Kidnapped and molested by a stranger at age six, she grew up to be a stripper and a sex worker with a taste for crystal meth--which seemed to be a sure-fire way to lose weight --with stops along the way for silent gurus, sugar daddies, and drinking in the CVS bathroom before therapy sessions. Painstakingly honest, often humorous, Strip is a heartfelt memoir revealing a woman's journey from innocence to a dark existence, and beyond it to a world of empowerment.

Hannah Sward is the author of Strip, a memoir. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals including Arts & Letters, Yemassee (University of South Carolina), Halcoyne (Black Mountain Press), Red Wheelbar­row, Porter Gulch Review, Other Voices (Canada), Anthology of The Mad Ones, Milk, Alimentum, Anthology of Women Writ­ers, Hypertext, Pig Iron Malt, Pindeldboz, Nerve Cowboy, Af­ternoon, Wimpole Street Writers, and Word Riot. She has been a regular contributor at Erotic Review since 2015 and was Editor and Columnist at Third Street Villager Los Angeles and a con­tributor at The Fix and YourTango. Hannah is on the board at Right To Write Press, a nonprofit that supports emerging writers who are incarcerated. She lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at
Rob Roberge’s most recent book, the memoir Liar was named a Spring 2016 Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick. It was singled out in The New Yorker, which wrote, “…both the smallest and the biggest pieces of his memoir fascinate,” and was chosen as one of the best non-fiction books of 2016 by both Powell’s Bookstore and Entropy Magazine. He is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the novel The Cost of Living, about which Cheryl Strayed said “is both drop-dead gorgeous and mind-bendingly smart.” He is Assistant Professor and Core Faculty at UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA in Writing Program. His short fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized, and he wrote and directed the short film This Regrettable Event. 
Event date: 
Monday, September 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Strip: A Memoir By Hannah Sward Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948954679
Published: Tortoise Books - September 6th, 2022