JEANNIE VANASCO AND THOMAS MIRA Y LOPEZ AT MAC'S BACKS
Jeannie Vanasco and Thomas Mira y Lopez will read at Mac's on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Vanasco's book Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl (Tin House Books, 2019) is a genre-bending investigation into the trauma of sexual violence, Vanasco interviews her high school rapist, exploring how the assault has impacted his life as well as her own. A portion of the sales from Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl will be donated to The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
"Such a confrontation is bold, unsettling and timely. (Vanasco) wanted to find out how a person who hurts others talks to himself about his actions. If we are ever going to reduce sexual violence, it's a critically important question." --Laurie Halse Anderson in TIME
"It's hard to overstate the importance of this gorgeous, harrowing, heartbreaking book . . . Vanasco is whip-smart and tender, open and ruthless; she is the perfect guide through the minefield of her trauma, and ours." --Carmen Maria Machado in Bustle
Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir (Tin House Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor at Towson University.
In the aftermath of his father's untimely death and his family's indecision over what to do with the remains, Thomas Mira y Lopez became obsessed with the type and variety of places where we lay the dead to rest. The result is The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead (Counterpoint, 2017) a singular collection of essays that weaves together history, mythology, journalism, and personal narrative into the author's search for a place to process grief.
Mira y Lopez explores unusual hallowed grounds--from the world's largest cryonics institute in southern Arizona to a set of Roman catacombs being digested by modern bacteria, to his family's burial plots in the mountains outside Rio de Janeiro to a nineteenth-century desert cemetery that was relocated for the building of a modern courthouse. The Book of Resting Places examines these overlooked spaces and what they tell us about ourselves and the passing of those we love--how we grieve them, and how we attempt to forget them.
"Mira y Lopez . . . is a gifted writer. His ear for language and his ability to take ownership of ideas by finding the poetry in them . . . is the kind of thing that cannot be taught . . . It's refreshing to encounter a young writer who's chosen to do some fieldwork." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Thomas Mira y Lopez's debut essay collection is a finely wrought exploration of grief, mythology, history, and global death practices . . . Mira y Lopez travels far and wide . . . in search of answers." -- The Guardian
Thomas Mira y Lopez is from New York City. He earned an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona, and his work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Normal School, among other publications.