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In-Person: Claire Dederer & Kate Rossmanith

We are thrilled to welcome Claire Dederer & Kate Rossmanith for an in-person conversation about voice in nonfiction and a celebration of the paperback release of MONSTERS: A FAN'S DILEMMA! 

Please note: This event is free to attend, but registration is required! By registering for this event, you agree to wear a face mask throughout the duration of the event, per W&CF's Covid-19 policies. 


Join us for this in-person event with Kate Rossmanith & Claire Dederer, where the celebrated writers will discussion voice in nonfiction and monsters. 


NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK - NATIONAL BESTSELLER A timely, passionate, provocative, blisteringly smart interrogation of how we make and experience art in the age of cancel culture, and of the link between genius and monstrosity. Can we love the work of controversial classic and contemporary artists but dislike the artist?

"A lively, personal exploration of how one might think about the art of those who do bad things" --Vanity Fair "[Dederer] breaks new ground, making a complex cultural conversation feel brand new." --Ada Calhoun, author of Also a Poet

From the author of the New York Times best seller Poser and the acclaimed memoir Love and Trouble, Monsters is "part memoir, part treatise, and all treat" ( The New York Times). This unflinching, deeply personal book expands on Claire Dederer's instantly viral Paris Review essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?"

Can we love the work of artists such as Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Miles Davis, Polanski, or Picasso? Should we? Dederer explores the audience's relationship with artists from Michael Jackson to Virginia Woolf, asking: How do we balance our undeniable sense of moral outrage with our equally undeniable love of the work? Is male monstrosity the same as female monstrosity? And if an artist is also a mother, does one identity inexorably, and fatally, interrupt the other? In a more troubling vein, she wonders if an artist needs to be a monster in order to create something great. Does genius deserve special dispensation? Does art have a mandate to depict the darker elements of the psyche? And what happens if the artist stares too long into the abyss?

Highly topical, morally wise, honest to the core, Monsters is certain to incite a conversation about whether and how we can separate artists from their art.

CLAIRE DEDERER is the author of Love and Trouble, and the New York Times best-selling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into twelve languages. A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York magazine. She lives near Seattle with her family.

Kate Rossmanith is a writer and an academic based in Sydney, Australia. Her recent essays include ‘Ditching the New Yorker Voice’ (2022) and ‘On Not Asking “Should I Insert Myself in the Text?”’ (2023). She is the author of Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law (2018), and the co-editor of Remorse and Criminal Justice: Multi-disciplinary perspectives (2022). Her work has appeared in Lit Hub DailyPublic BooksSydney Review of Books, and The Monthly. Kate is an Associate Professor at Macquarie University where she is undertaking an Australian Research Council Fellowship. She will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Life-Writing in 2025.

AccessibilityThis event is hosted at the bookstore, which is a wheelchair accessible space. Masks are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request ASL interpretation for this event, please email by no later than 14 days before the event. For other questions or access needs, please email

Event date: 
Monday, June 17, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark St
Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525564188
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2024