Thursday, June 18 • 6:00pm - 7:15pm
POSTPONED - Elizabeth Tallent and Scratched, A Memoir of Perfectionism

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In a bold and brilliant memoir that reinvents the form, Elizabeth Tallent, acclaimed author of the novel Museum Pieces and the collection Mendocino Fire, explores the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life. Elizabeth traces her journey from her early years as “the child whose flaws let disaster into an otherwise perfect family,” to her adulthood, when perfectionism came to affect everything. Between the ages of 27 and 37, she published five literary books with Knopf and her short stories appeared in The New Yorker. But in the following 22 years she wrote, or rather published, nothing at all. Why? Scratched is the remarkable response to that question. This memoir, filled with wit, humor, and heart, is unlike any other you will read. Elizabeth Tallent reads from and discusses her work with author/critic Vincent Scarpa. FREE, $5 donation requested

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Vincent Scarpa

Vincent Scarpa is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the Michener Center for Writers. His stories and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Indiana Review, StoryQuarterly, Lit Hub, NANO Fiction, and other outlets. He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee every year since 2012... Read More →

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Elizabeth Tallent

Elizabeth Tallent, author of a novel and four story collections, has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Tin House, and ZYZZYVA, as well as in the Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, O. Henry Prize, and Pushcart Prize award anthologies... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2020 6:00pm - 7:15pm PDT
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