The Book Cellar
Please join us for an event with Lindsay Tigue and her award-winning book of poetry System of Ghosts!
Lindsay will be here in conversation with local author Jac Jemc, author of A Different Bed Every Time!!
Lindsay Tigue grew up in Michigan. Her poems and stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Indiana Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among other literary journals. She lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and currently an editorial assistant at the Georgia Review.
In System of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue details the way landscape speaks to isolation and personhood, how virtual and lived networks alter experience. She questions how built environments structure lives, how we seek out information within these spaces, and, most fundamentally, how we love. Rooted in the personal, the speaker of this collection moves through society and history, with the aim of firmly placing herself within her own life and loss. Facts become an essential bridge between spatial and historical boundaries. She connects us to the disappearance of species, abandoned structures, and heart-break—abandoned spaces that tap into the searing grief woven into society’s public places. There is solace in research, one system this collection uses to examine the isolation of contemporary life alongside personal, historical, and ecological loss. While her poems are intimate and personal, Tigue never turns away from the larger contexts within which we all live. System of Ghosts is, at its core, an act of reaching out—across time, space, history, and across the room.
Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel, The Grip of It, is forthcoming from FSG Originals in spring of 2017. Jac's nonfiction has been featured on the long list for Best American Essays and her story "Women in Wells" was featured in the 2010 Best of the Web anthology. Jac received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed residencies at The Danish Center for Writers and Translators, Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, Thicket, The Rensing Center, and VCCA. She currently serves as the web nonfiction editor for Hobart.
About A Different Bed Every Time: A thief steals the air from a room. Children invent a nursery rhyme to make sense of their fate, and a band of girls rots from the outside in. These characters stumble through joy and murder and confusion, only to survive and wait for the next catastrophe to arrive. Moments so brief and disturbing you can't afford to look away. Jac Jamc's affecting stories mine the territory between what is real and what it means to create understanding. This book of more than 40 stories, many only a few pages long, affirms the author's gift for unforgettable storytelling. In their brevity, the tales deliver wit and punch, and Jemc crafts pitch-perfect metaphors over and over. Jemc combines and transforms the weirdness of Blake Butler with the allegorical impulses of Donald Barthelme via her delightfully challenging, idiosyncratic command of language.