American Women

Moderator: Zsuzsi Gartner

Event Number: 59
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

American Women

Friday, Oct 25
8:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

The current American administration has sparked ongoing and contentious political debate about —among other things—gender roles and bodily autonomy. In light of so much turmoil, how are female writers defining themselves? Pulitzer Prize finalist and essayist Elif Batuman (The Idiot); creative powerhouse, graphic novelist, Wonder Woman writer and novelist G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) and O Magazine-praised author Joanne Ramos (The Farm) dive into the themes, politics and events driving American women writers today. Bold and brilliant, these three authors offer keen perceptions on how we define ourselves in the face of contentious political divides.

Elif Batuman is presented thanks to the donors of the Hal Wake Legacy Fund.

About the moderator:
Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted Better Living through Plastic Explosives and the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow and was the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow for Cork, Ireland in 2016. Her novel, The Beguiling, will be published by Penguin Canada in 2020.

Event Participants:

Elif Batuman

USA

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. The Idiot is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Elif Batuman is presented thanks to the donors of the Hal Wake Legacy Fund.

Joanne Ramos

USA

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth and lives in New York City with her family. The Farm, her debut novel, is a national bestseller and has been chosen by over 50 media outlets in America and abroad as a “must read” in 2019. The Farm was longlisted for the Center of Fiction’s 2019 First Novel Prize.

G. Willow Wilson

USA

G. Willow Wilson is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Alif the Unseen, the memoir The Butterfly Mosque, and the graphic novels Cairo, Air, and Vixen. She co-created the celebrated comic book series Ms. Marvel starring Kamala Khan, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and recently debuted as writer of the Wonder Woman comics. She currently lives in Seattle.

gwillowwilson.com, @GWillowWilson