Vulture Insiders Book Club presents Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties

Wednesday May 16: 7:30PM 8:30PM

This event is free to attend--RSVP on Facebook! Copies of Her Body and Other Parties will be available at the event. The event will be located in the Strand's 2nd floor in the Photography department at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Join the Insiders from Vulture, New York Magazine's omnivorous and passionate entertainment and culture website, for a Book Club meeting with National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado. Vulture books editor Boris Kachka will sit down with Carmen to discuss Her Body and Other Parties, her debut collection of short stories that garnered her comparisons to Angela Carter and David Lynch.

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.