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Join us at Bird in Hand for a launch Jeannie Vanasco’s new book Things we Didn’t Talk About When I was a Girl. Vanasco will be discussing Things we Didn’t Talk About When I was a Girl with Jung Yun.
Jeannie Vanasco has had the same nightmare since she was a teenager. She startles awake, saying his name. It is always about him: one of her closest high school friends, a boy named Mark. A boy who raped her. When her nightmares worsen, Jeannie decides—after fourteen years of silence—to reach out to Mark. He agrees to talk on the record and meet in person. "It's the least I can do," he says. Jeannie details her friendship with Mark before and after the assault, asking the brave and urgent question: Is it possible for a good person to commit a terrible act? Jeannie interviews Mark, exploring how rape has impacted his life as well as her own. She examines the language surrounding sexual assault and pushes against its confines, contributing to and deepening the #MeToo discussion. Exacting and courageous, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl is part memoir, part true crime record, and part testament to the strength of female friendships—a recounting and reckoning that will inspire us to ask harder questions and interrogate our biases. Jeannie Vanasco examines and dismantles long-held myths of victimhood, discovering grace and power in this genre-bending investigation into the trauma of sexual violence.
Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoir The Glass Eye (Tin House Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Believer, The New York Times Modern Love, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor at Towson University. Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl is her second book.
Jung Yun is the author of SHELTER (Picador, 2016), which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The Best of Tin House: Stories; The Massachusetts Review; The Indiana Review; The Atlantic; Public Books; and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the recipient of artist grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize; and residential fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the National Humanities Center, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Jung is a proud resident of the city of Baltimore and an assistant professor of English at the George Washington University.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm