There are just two days until our California Book Club gathering with Rachel Kushner, and we hope you’ve had a thrilling time reading The Mars Room! We are writing to announce that Myriam Gurba will briefly join the discussion with Kushner, host John Freeman, and you, dear reader!
Gurba is a Mexican American writer and visual artist whose essays have appeared in the Paris Review and Time, among other publications. Her memoir, Mean—which was the California Book Club’s April selection—was named as a New York Times editors’ choice and ranked as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time by O, the Oprah Magazine. She is widely known for her incisive review of American Dirt, and Publishers Weekly said that she “has a literary voice like none other.” Gurba lives in Long Beach, California.
We are eager to hear Freeman and Gurba talk with Kushner about the process of writing The Mars Room, San Francisco, and the prison system.
Here are the details of the event:
When: Thursday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Pacific time.
- Where: To join the event on Zoom, click here.
- What: Your host, John Freeman, will be in conversation with Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room. They will be joined by special guest Myriam Gurba.
- Author questions: Please send questions for Rachel Kushner to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit them using Zoom’s chat feature after the event begins.
- Attend to win: We will be giving away author-signed copies of The Mars Room to five attendees, selected at random, following Thursday’s program.
- Mark your calendars: Upcoming CBC discussions with Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, on June 17; William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days, on July 15 (at 5:30 p.m.); Dana Johnson, author of Elsewhere, California, on August 19; and Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell, on September 23.
To sign up for Alta Journal’s California Book Club for free, click here. And don’t forget to join your fellow book club members in the Alta Clubhouse for ongoing discussions about our selected book of the month.
Thanks, and see you Thursday!
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