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FREE | Kate Zambreno & Bhanu Kapil in Conversation

June 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Kate Zambreno - To Write As If Already Dead

What is it?

A discussion between Kate Zambreno and Bhanu Kapil about the former’s new book, To Write As If Already Dead. The discussion is hosted by McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers with four locations in New York. That last bit may seem irrelevant, but we put that in there because independent bookstores deserve our love. And four locations! Big up!

Why we think this event is hot

Zambreno is a 2021 Gugenheim Fellow for Non-Fiction. Publishers Weekly called her “a master of the experimental lyric essay” and Esquire said of her, “one of our most formally ambitious writers.” She has written eight books. To Write As If Already Dead, out today, June 8, 2021, is currently number 1 on Amazon in in LGBTQ+ Literary Criticism.

Who we think will find it interesting

Writers interested in the intersection of fiction and memoir.

How to attend

This event will be streamed via Zoom. RSVP here.

About To Write As If Already Dead

Zambreno’s new work was inspired by her failed attempts to write a study of Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this diaristic, transgressive work, the first in a cycle written in the years preceding his death, Guibert documents with speed and intensity his diagnosis and disintegration from AIDS and elegizes a character based on Michel Foucault.

The first half of To Write As If Already Dead is a novella in the mode of a detective story, searching after the mysterious disappearance of an online friendship after an intense dialogue on anonymity, names, language, and connection. The second half, a notebook documenting the doubled history of two bodies amid another historical plague, continues the meditation on friendship, solitude, time, mortality, precarity, art, and literature. In other words, this is a novel and a memoir combo.

Kate Zambreno

is the author of many acclaimed books, including Drifts (2020), Appendix Project (2019), Screen Tests (2019), Book of Mutter (2017), and Heroines (2012). Her writing has appeared in the Paris ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Bhanu Kapil

is the author of six books, most recently How To Wash A Heart (Liverpool University Press, 2020), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize.  In 2020, Bhanu received a Windham-Campbell Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, both for poetry.

Original photo of Kate Zambreno by Tim Hines
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