Selby Wynn Schwartz Reading From & Signing Her Debut Novel "After Sappho"

Author SELBY WYNN SCHWARTZ comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from and discuss her debut novel After Sappho. Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, After Sappho reimagines the intertwined lives of feminists at the turn of the twentieth century.

 

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“The first thing we did was change our names. We were going to be Sappho,” so begins this intrepid debut novel, centuries after the Greek poet penned her lyric verse. Ignited by the same muse, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for seemingly disparate paths: in 1892, Rina Faccio trades her needlepoint for a pen; in 1902, Romaine Brooks sails for Capri with nothing but her clotted paintbrushes; and in 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: “I want to make life fuller and fuller.” Writing in cascading vignettes, Selby Wynn Schwartz spins an invigorating tale of women whose narratives converge and splinter as they forge queer identities and claim the right to their own lives. A luminous meditation on creativity, education, and identity, After Sappho announces a writer as ingenious as the trailblazers of our past.

“This book is splendid: Impish, irate, deep, courageous. . . . Brava!”—Lucy Ellmann, author of Ducks, Newburyport

SHELBY WYNN SCHWARTZ holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and the forthcoming novella A Life in Chameleons.

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on February 2nd.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
After Sappho: A Novel By Selby Wynn Schwartz Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781324092315
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Liveright - January 24th, 2023