Carmen Maria Machado and Nicole Chung at the AthenAeum!

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Hello Book Friends!

As some of you will already know, we had our first major offsite event this past weekend: Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award Finalist, was in conversation with Catapult Editor-in-Chief Nicole Chung talking about memoir at the Athenaeum, a lovely arts space on Prince and Lee here in Old Town. We're very grateful to the Athenaeum for providing the space--the event proved so popular that we couldn't host it in our little store! 

Carmen's upcoming book is an experimental memoir detailing her experiences in an abusive lesbian relationship entitled In the Dream House. Nicole's latest release is also a memoir, All You Can Ever Know, which recounts her experiences with being raised adopted and eventually reconnecting with her birth family. Over the course of the hour and a half, Carmen and Nicole discussed the craft of memoir writing, the formal challenge of presenting sections of a memoir as pastiches of various literary genres, the differences between fiction and nonfiction writing and research, and the difficulty involved in opening up one's personal and private experiences for the reading public.  Carmen also read a few passages from her book, and responded to audience questions at the end.

Everyone who attended the event received a pre-order of In the Dream House with the purchase of their ticket. It was a packed house; more than 50 people attended, and it was great to see so many of our regular customers there!

We hope you'll join us at our next event, as we're back in the shop for our Lit Mag Corner at 6PM on Sunday, February 24. It's like a book Club but for literary magazines! We'll be discussing selections from Guernica Magazine, and there will be a Q&A with a senior nonfiction editor for the magazine; local writer and bookstagrammer Phoebe Gennardo (@notphoebebuffay) will be hosting. The event is free to attend and you can RSVP on our website or at this link through eventbrite!

Happy Reading, and hope to see you in the shop soon!

-The Old Town Books Team