Fiction: Seeking New Lives, Elsewhere

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: SPAIN arts & culture

Hosted by: UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff


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Marina Perezagua (The Story of H), Christopher Tilghman (Thomas and Beal in the Midi), and Spencer Wise (The Emperor of Shoes) discuss how and why their novels transport readers to far-flung lands, through complex, multi-layered fiction featuring captivating characters. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Spanish author Perezagua’s audacious novel, the first of her works to be translated into English, epistolizes an intersex woman’s quest to find her sanity, her sex, and a family to replace the one incinerated by the Americans at Hiroshima. H, a child whose parents chose to see her as a boy even though she identified as a girl, survived Little Boy, the first atomic bomb dropped on Japan.”—Publishers Weekly

“A moving and delicate portrait of a highly unusual marriage, Thomas and Beal in the Midi is a radiant work of deep insight and peerless imagination about the central dilemma of American history―the legacy of slavery and the Civil War―that explores the many ways that the past has an enduring hold over the present.”—Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Wise’s debut offers a fascinating look at contemporary China, but its greatest strength is the struggle between a hard-to-please father bent on preserving what he has worked so hard to build and a son who is trying to find his own way.”—Booklist

Marina Perezagua is presented in the 2019 Festival with the support of SPAIN arts & culture.