Carmen Maria Machado

Fri 19 Nov 2021 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado
Erica Wagner
In the Dream House

‘I speak into the silence. I toss the stone of my story into a vast crevice, measure the emptiness by its small sound.’ 

Carmen Maria Machado’s In The Dream House explodes distinctions of genre and defies narrative traditions. In this beautifully written, innovative memoir, Machado tells the story of her time with a charismatic but volatile woman who isn’t what she seems. 

This is a heart-wrenching book that sheds light on abuse in queer relationships. Using a different narrative lens each structure – Disney villains, fairy tales, myth – Machado examines the events of her past toxic relationship from shifting angles and with astounding empathy.  

In conversation with award-winning writer Marina Scott. 

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Author Biography

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, is winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.  

Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesGrantaVogue, This American Life, Harper’s BazaarTin HouseMcSweeney’s Quarterly ConcernThe BelieverGuernicaBest American Science Fiction & FantasyBest American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and is the Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Erica Wagner was born in New York City and is a widely acclaimed author and critic. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, and the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. 

Twice Man Booker Prize judge, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, a contributing writer for the New Statesman, as well as writing for the Financial Times, the Economist and the New York Times.