Published October 30, 2020

SHELF LIFE continues in the month of November with even more virtual author events, Thursdays at noon (EDT), livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook…

If you’re new to SHELF LIFE or to Zoom, more generally, CLICK HERE to learn more about how to take part. Then, mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

The Shadow King: Maaza Mengiste in conversation with Jill Bialosky

Thursday, November 5 at 12:00 PM ET

Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her latest novel, The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, with her editor, Jill Bialosky. Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. What follows is a heartrending and unputdownable exploration of what it means to be a woman at war, which The Washington Post called “a masterpiece.”

Digital Museum of Broken Relationships with Leslie Jamison and Friends

Thursday, November 12 at 12:00 PM ET

In celebration of the paperback launch of Make it Scream, Make it Burn, join Leslie Jamison for an event built around one of her collected essays, “Museum of Broken Hearts.” The event will be a conversation focused on the ways we are haunted and inspired by relationships from our past—how broken loves live inside of us through the memories and objects we carry with us.

Leslie will be joined by Olinka Vištica, cofounder of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, and by writers (and friends) Cecilia Laslo, Kyle McCarthy, and Kiki Petrosino, who will share the stories they contributed to Jamison’s original essay—tales of artifacts that hold the memory of former love; with Allison Wright.

Attendees are invited to share their own artifacts on social media using #brokenships.

Fiebre Tropical: Juli Delgado Lopera with Catalina Esguerra

Thursday, November 19 at 12:00 PM ET

Novelist Juli Delgado Lopera discusses their acclaimed new novel, Fiebre Tropical, with Catalina Esguerra. Lit by the hormonal neon glow of Miami, this heady, multilingual debut novel follows a Colombian teenager’s coming-of-age and coming out as she plunges headfirst into lust and evangelism.

“Glowing…. a story about coming of age as a queer adolescent, an immigrant, a daughter, a bilingual kid, a complex human being, this book is fast-paced and energetic while also being heartfelt and captivating.”—Literary Hub

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