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Join us for an evening of conversation with authors Alden Jones and Kim Adrian as they discuss their latest books, both of which explore their relationships to an iconic work of literature. In The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir, Alden Jones sets out to explore how Cheryl Strayed turned a solo hike into an inspirational memoir, beloved by millions. In Dear Knausgaard: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, Kim Adrian delivers a compelling feminist critique of Knausgaard’s 6-volume autobiographical novel through a series of warm and often funny letters.
Kim Adrian is the author of the memoir The Twenty- Seventh Letter of the Alphabet. Her first book, Sock, is part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series. She edited The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, an anthology praised by The Millions for “offering a sense of hope about literature and its capacity for change.”
Alden Jones is the author of Unaccompanied Minors and The Blind Masseuse. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, New York Magazine, Agni, The Rumpus, among others. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and is core faculty in the low-residency Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University.