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Join us at The Book Cellar as Dana Schwartz presents her book Choose Your Own Disaster. She will be in-conversation with Cards Against Humanity co-founder Max Temkin.
About Dana Schwartz:
Dana Schwartz is an arts and culture writer based in New York City with writing for The New Yorker, The Guardian, the New York Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mic, GQ, VICE, and more. She's currently a correspondent at Entertainment Weekly.
She created a parody Twitter account called @GuyInYourMFA based on the people she's encountered in fiction workshops, and another one called @DystopianYA about the tropes in all of the young adult fiction books she's read. Her own (non-dystopian) YA book (AND WE'RE OFF) was published May 2017 by Penguin/Razorbil, and a memoir (CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER) is forthcoming from Grand Central.
About Choose Your Own Disaster:
A hilarious, quirky, and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman's terrible and life-changing decisions while hoping (and sometimes failing) to find herself, in the style of Never Have I Ever and Adulting.
Join Dana Schwartz on a journey revisiting all of the terrible decisions she made in her early twenties through the internet's favorite method of self-knowledge: the quiz. Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty f*cking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be. Dana has no idea who she is, but at least she knows she's a Carrie, a Ravenclaw, a Raphael, a Belle, a former emo kid, a Twitter addict, and a millennial just trying her best.
Hannah Pittard returns to The Book Cellar to celebrate her newest novel Visible Empire.
About Hannah Pittard:
Hannah Pittard was born in Atlanta. She is the author of the novels Listen to Me, Reunion, and The Fates Will Find Their Way. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at the University of Kentucky and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
About Visible Empire:
Atlanta, 1962. The thick of the Civil Rights movement, and the arrival of the 60s drugs and parties, hippies and hedonism. It’s June, it’s hot, and there’s no air conditioning to be found. More than 100 of Atlanta’s most prominent and wealthiest residents have escaped the heat, touring Europe on a luxurious arts tour, and having the time of their lives. But Air France Flight 007, chartered to bring these cultural leaders home, crashes upon take off from Paris. At the time, it is the worst civilian plane crash in history leaving behind children, spouses, lovers, friends, and a city on the cusp of great change.
Based on this true story comes Hannah Pittard’s epic novel VISIBLE EMPIRE. Against a background of grief she gives us the journeys of those who must rebuild their city and their lives. It’s the fictional story of the Atlanta mayor, of a young man who has just been denied admission to an integrated school, of a complicated marriage, and more. She gives us people who have just inherited vast sums of money, and some who realize their families didn’t really have money after all. It takes place over the course of a sweltering summer – and looks at history, race, class, grief, and love.
Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
Never Too Old meets to discuss A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry.
French Book Club meets to discuss their June pick, The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis by Joan Dejean.