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January 18, 2018

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Release Date: 01/12/2018

Author Carmen Maria Machado Discusses Debut Book 'Her Body and Other Parties' at The Seattle Public Library Jan. 18

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Carmen Maria Machado reads from "Her Body and Other Parties," a genre-bending collection of stories that was longlisted for the National Book Award, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.


Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


In "Her Body and Other Parties," Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.         


You'll find stories where a wife refuses her husband's requests to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. Or where a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. In the novella "Especially Heinous," Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and generates a police crime drama full of doppelgängers, ghosts and girls with bells for eyes.


While Machado's work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own.


Machado is a fiction writer, critic and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Gulf Coast, NPR and elsewhere. Machado's debut short story collection, "Her Body and Other Parties," was the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been awarded several fellowships. Machado is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. Her memoir, "House in Indiana," is forthcoming in 2019 from Graywolf Press.


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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