Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

You're invited to the virtual book launch of Lucy Ellmann's essay collection, Things Are Against Us. Tune in live on Sunday, September 26 at 2 PM EDT / 7 PM BST. Lucy Ellmann will be joined in conversation by Todd McEwen and Diana Hope. The event will be hosted by Josh Cook. Biblioasis is partnering with King's Co-op Bookstore (Halifax, NS), Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA), and Mac's Backs (Cleveland Heights, OH) for the event. There will be a reading, discussions, an audience Q&A, and a book giveaway. You could win a copy of Things Are Against Us--- 

We'll be streaming live on Zoom and a video link will be shared closer to the event date.

Things Are Against Us is a collection of satirical essays. They treat subjects such as the obstinancy, incorrigibility, and recalcitrance of THINGS, which have a lot to answer for; Laura Ingalls Wilder’s unimpressive descriptions of the construction of bobsleds, railways, and complicated dresses, and the astonishing amount of food Almanzo Wilder ate in a day; our efforts to stand on our own two feet, put our best foot forward, remain footloose and fancy-free, only inevitably to put our foot in it; the first suggestion the internet offers when you Google the word ‘women’ (spoiler: it’s shoes); the nobility of buttons; and what the rejection of tourists by Jordanian donkeys should mean for global air travel. Ingrid Bergman and Jane Austen come into it somewhere (Helen Gurley Brown was forcibly removed).

Early versions of some of these essays appeared in international outlets of record, but others are brand-new. They are accompanied by black and white illustrations drawn by Diana Hope.

Lucy Ellmann has written seven novels, including Sweet Desserts (Guardian Fiction Prize) and Ducks, Newburyport (Goldsmiths Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize), and an illustrated book for adults, called Tom the Obscure. This is her first essay collection.

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Things Are Against Us Cover Image
By Lucy Ellmann, Diana Hope (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781771964333
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Published: Biblioasis - September 28th, 2021

Ducks, Newburyport Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771963077
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Published: Biblioasis - September 10th, 2019