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ANDREA LONG CHU discusses her debut nonfiction book FEMALES with ALANA HOPE LEVINSON

Females (Verso Books)

Please join us for the launch of Andrea Long Chu's exciting, provocative new book, Females. She will be joined in conversation by Alana Hope Levinson, features editor at MEL Magazine.

Books will be available for sale. Co-sponsored by MEL magazine.

“Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.”

So begins Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire.

Drawing inspiration from a forgotten play by Valerie Solanas—the woman who wrote the SCUM Manifesto and shot Andy Warhol—Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn, and even feminists like herself. Each step of the way she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state of women and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race—men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she’s just projecting.

A thrilling new voice who has been credited with launching the “second wave” of trans studies, Chu shows readers how to write for your life, baring herself with a morbid sense of humor and a mordant kind of hope.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we're expecting a large crowd at this event, we'll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Females here at Skylight Books. Tickets are available now. 
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Skylight's Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Praise for Females:

“A thrilling provocation, a funny and surprisingly tender memoir, a bold move, a dare. She’s our most reliable trickster, and this is the book everyone will be talking about.” – Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Alana Hope Levinson makes things: new media properties, print and digital magazines, books, podcasts, art zines, branded content, and live events. Currently, she is the deputy editor of the critically acclaimed men’s lifestyle publication MEL, where she oversees long form features, investigative work, and special issues — in addition to daily editorial direction. She cut her teeth being a part of the first digital outlet to win a National Magazine Award in the reporting category, launching a zine for-and-by-women, and shitposting memes. Her freelance writing has appeared everywhere from Rolling Stone to Vice to Wired.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Females Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781788737371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - October 29th, 2019