At Skylight: Lilly Dancyger presents FIRST LOVE w/ Ruth Madievsky

At Skylight: Lilly Dancyger presents FIRST LOVE w/ Ruth Madievsky

Join us for a bold, poignant essay collection that treats women’s friendships as the love stories they truly are, from the critically acclaimed author of Negative Space.

Lilly Dancyger always thought of her closest friendships as great loves, complex and profound as any romance. When her beloved cousin was murdered just as both girls were entering adulthood, Dancyger’s devotion to the women in her life took on a new urgency—a desire to hold her friends close while she still could. In First Love, this urgency runs through a striking exploration of the bonds between women, from the intensity of adolescent best friendship and fluid sexuality to mothering and chosen family.

Each essay in this incisive collection is grounded in a close female friendship in Dancyger’s life, reaching outward to dissect cultural assumptions about identity and desire, and the many ways women create space for each other in a world that wants us small. Seamlessly weaving personal experience with literature and pop culture—ranging from fairy tales to true crime, from Anaïs Nin and Sylvia Plath to Heavenly Creatures and the “sad girls” of Tumblr—Dancyger’s essays form a kaleidoscopic story of a life told through friendships, and an expansive interrogation of what it means to love each other.

Though friendship will never be enough to keep us safe from the dangers of the world, Dancyger reminds us that love is always worth the risk, and that when tragedy strikes, it’s our friends who will help us survive. In First Love, these essential bonds get their due.

Lilly Dancyger is the author of the memoir Negative Space, selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards, and the editor of Burn It Down, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women's anger. Dancyger's writing has been published by GuernicaLiterary HubThe RumpusLongreadsThe Washington PostPlayboyRolling Stone, and more. She lives in New York City and teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University School of the Arts. 

Ruth Madievsky is the author of the nationally bestselling novel, All-Night Pharmacy, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction and a current California Book Award and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her writing appears in The AtlanticThe Los Angeles TimesThe CutGQHarper's Bazaar, and elsewhere. Originally from Moldova, she lives in Los Angeles, where she works as an HIV and primary care clinical pharmacist.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
First Love: Essays on Friendship By Lilly Dancyger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593447574
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Published: The Dial Press - May 7th, 2024