SARAH ROSE ETTER reads from her new novel THE BOOK OF X with TOMMY PICO

The Book of X (Two Dollar Radio)

THE BOOK OF X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday--school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents--with the surreal--rivers of thighs, men for slae, and fields of throats--Cassie's realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

Praise for The Book of X:

"I loved every page of this gorgeous, grotesque, heartbreaking novel." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"Brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world." --Roxane Gay

"A relentlessly original book about what it means to exist in a female body." --Kirkus Reviews

"The Book of X traverses the mundane and the surreal--from grocery lists to blooming meat, menstrual blood to a jealousy removal shop--laying bare the absurdities of womanhood. A truly original writer, Etter continues to push the boundaries of her imagination...and ours." --Melissa Broderauthor of The Pisces

"Insightful and incisive, this book cuts deep into the failing heart of the feminine mystique. Etter is a surgeon." --Amelia Gray, author of Isadora

"A wonderfully strange and personal novel, in which nightmares and daydreams cross-contaminate." --Brian Evenson

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, VICE, Guernica, Philadelphia Weekly, and more. She is the recipient of writing residencies at the Disquiet International Program in Portugal, and the Gullkistan Creative Program in Iceland. She earned her MFA from Rosemont College. She lives in San Francisco.

Author Photo by Natalie Graf

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds LLC), Nature Poem (Tin House Books), and Junk (Tin House Books). He's the winner of a Whiting Award and the Brooklyn Public Library's Literature Prize, and he was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry, and NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Los Angeles. 

Author Photo by Niqui Carter

Event date: 
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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