Alex Lemon reads & discusses FEVERLAND

We're pleased to welcome Alex Lemon to read and discuss his memoir, Feverland, due from Milkweed Editions on September 12th. Lemon will appear in conversation with poet Aaron Baker. Wine and light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public!

About the book:

Brain surgery. Assault weapons in the bed of a pickup truck. Sophia Loren at the Oscars. Rilke, Rodin, and the craters of the moon. Recovery and disintegration. Monkeys stealing an egg outside a temple in Kathmandu. Brushing teeth bloody on long car rides under blue skies. Pain, ours and what we bring to others. Wildfires in southern California. Rats in Texas. Childhood abuse. Dreams of tigers and blackout nights. The sweetness of mangoes. A son born into a shadowy hospital room. Love. Joy.

In Feverland, Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America—and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to move forward, Lemon asks, when trapped between the demons of one’s history and the angels of one’s better nature? How to live in kindness—to become a caring partner and parent—when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself? How to be here, now? How to be here, good?

Immersed in darkness but shot through with light, Feverland is a thrillingly experimental memoir from one of our most heartfelt and inventive writers.

About the author:

Alex Lemon is a poet and the author of two works of nonfiction: Happy, selected by Kirkus as one of the best memoirs of 2010, and Feverland: A Memoir in Shards, forthcoming in 2017. His collections of poems include The Wish Book and Fancy Beasts; a fifth, Or Beauty, is also forthcoming. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and is Associate Professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he lives.

About Aaron Baker:

Aaron Baker earned a BA from Central Washington University and an MFA from the University of Virginia. His debut collection of poems, Mission Work (2008), won a Katherine Bakeless Prize in Poetry and a Shenandoah Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers. Based on his experiences as a child of missionaries, Mission Work was praised by Stanley Plumly for its rare “precision and immersion.” He has lived in Mexico, Germany, and Papua New Guinea.

Baker’s honors and awards include a Stegner Fellowship, a Henry Hoyns Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Ludwig Vogelstein Literary Fellowship, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago.

Feverland: A Memoir in Shards Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313362
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 19th, 2017

Event date: 

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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