At Skylight: Alvina Chamberland presents LOVE THE WORLD OR GET KILLED TRYING w/ Jarett Kobek & Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou

At Skylight: Alvina Chamberland presents LOVE THE WORLD OR GET KILLED TRYING w/ Jarett Kobek & Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou

Join us for the English language debut from novelist Alvina Chamberland

Through playful poetic prose, sharp social commentary and self-deprecating gallows humor LOVE THE WORLD OR GET KILLED TRYING dives into the mind of Alvina, a trans woman on the eve of turning 30. The reader is invited to follow her journey through the breathtaking wilderness of Iceland and busy city boulevards of Berlin and Paris as she probes questions of eternity, sexuality, longing, death, love, and how hard it is to remain soft when you're a ceaseless target of straight men's secret lust and open disgust. This novel tackles universal issues through a trans woman's specific lens - insisting on these experiences speaking to far more than just issues of sexuality and gender.

Reaching its climax through an urgent wildfire scream-of-consciousness, cry-of-love-manifesto, LOVE THE WORLD OR GET KILLED TRYING is a raw and vulnerable work of magical brutalist autofiction; abstract in the sense of poetically digging beneath the surface, and experimental in the sense of trying to find out new things and express them in new ways, while concretely asserting that if trans women one day collectively outed every man who seeks them out, a full-blown revolution would ensue by nightfall.

Alvina Chamberland is a Swedish-US American author of predominantly literary autofiction novels. In 2015 Bokförlaget ETC published her co-authored book Allt som är Mitt: Våldtäkt, Stigmatisering och Upprättelse (English translation: All that is mine: Rape, Stigmatization and Reparation). The book received a grant from the Swedish Arts Council. In September 2018 her novel Utelåst – Uppväxtnostalgi för freaks (Locked Out – A nostalgic account of growing up for freaks) a parody of the coming of age-genre, was published by Dockhaveri Förlag. She resides between Athens and Berlin and has no real hobbies, only intensity and serenity. Love the World or Get Killed Trying, which explores both universal existential themes and themes specific to trans women's experiences, is her English language debut.

Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. His books include ATTA, I Hate the Internet, and Motor Spirit.

Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou is an artist from Athens, Greece, now based in Los Angeles. Currently finishing an MFA in Media Arts at UCLA DMA with support from Fulbright and Onassis Foundation scholarships, Antigoni's work explores techno-deviant practices of resistance through mixed reality performances, Augmented Reality experiences, experimental films, and immersive environments. Their work brings together tangible and intangible elements, blending queer and affect theory with affective computing, and merging sculptural softness with software. Antigoni has showcased their projects globally, including at The Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts (Bristol), Stegi- Onassis (Greece), Honor Fraser Gallery (L.A.), REDCAT (L.A.), Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin), and Wrightwood 659 (Chicago). In 2023, they received the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship from ARTWORKS.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Love the World or Get Killed Trying By Alvina Chamberland Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781955992053
Published: Noemi Press - March 15th, 2024