Alice Bolin: Dead Girls
Wednesday June 27: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In this debut essay collection Alice Bolin addresses one of America's cultural obsessions: dead women in media. From the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, Alice studies what it is about these stories that people enjoy. She expertly blends the personal and political, highlighting the widespread fixation with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies are often reduced props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and thoughtful, Alice's investigation searches for the meaning behind this cultural phenomena, and her own role as a consumer and creator.
Alice's Dead Girls starts by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.
Alice Bolin's nonfiction has appeared in many publications including ELLE, the Awl, the LA Review of Books, Salon, VICE's Broadly, The Paris Review Daily, and The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis.
Sarah Weinman is the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories From the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense (Penguin). Her first nonfiction book, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World, will be published by Ecco in September.
Leah Carroll is the author of Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder. She graduated from Emerson College, and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Down City was a finalist for the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Awards and the 2017 New England Book Award.
Rachel Syme is a writer and cultural critic living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, T, The New Republic (where she is the TV Critic), Elle, Marie Claire, and several other publications. She is a three-time winner of the Perfumed Plume Award for Fragrance Journalism, and she has appeared on NPR, TheLong Read, and The Longform Podcast. She is finishing up her first book, a nonfiction work about a love affair in the 1930s, for Random House.