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CLA Presents: Carmen Maria Machado Reading & Conversation with Linda Castillo
Start Date: 10/24/2019Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/24/2019End Time: 10:00 PM

Event Description:
The Center for Literary Arts will present Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties in conversation with Linda Castillo, founder and executive editor of Modern Latina on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at MACLA at 7PM. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview, plus an audience Q&A, book sale and signing. This event is free and open to the public.

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “The book abounds with fantastical premises that ring true because the intensity of sexual desire, the mutability of the body, and the realities of gender inequality make them so…These stories stand as exquisitely rendered, poignant hauntings.”

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQR, Conjunctions, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener-Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Linda Castillo is the Founder and Executive Editor of ModernLatina.com. She writes on topics that empower and inspire Latinas including art, motherhood, green living, culture, travel, and issues transforming the Latino community. Linda has earned a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.
Location Information:
SJSU Off-Campus Facilities
Contact Information:
Name: Selena Anderson, Director, Center for Literary Arts
Phone: (408) 924-4449
Email: selena.anderson@sjsu.edu
CLA Presents: Carmen Maria Machado
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MACLA
510 S 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-2783
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