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August 9, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
A Virtual Evening with Guadalupe Nettel & Natasha Wimmer
Books & Books presents…
A Virtual Evening with
in conversation with
Still Born: A Novel
(Bloomsbury Publishing, $26.99)
Wednesday, August 9th, 2023, 6 PM ET
Books & Books in partnership with Brookline Booksmith welcomes author Guadalupe Nettel for her latest novel: Still Born (Bloomsbury Publishing,$26.99)!
Shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize. In prose that is as gripping as it is insightful, Guadalupe Nettel explores maternal ambivalence with a surgeon’s touch, carefully dissecting the contradictions that make up the lived experiences of women.
This is an exclusive online event at 6pm ET / 5pm CT on Wednesday, August 9th.
Please purchase a ticket before August 9th to gain access to the event. An email with the event link will be sent the day of the event to all attendees.
About the Book:
Shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize
A profound novel about motherhood, friendship, and the power of community from “one of the leading lights in contemporary Latin American literature” (Valeria Luiselli, author of Lost Children Archive).
Alina and Laura are independent and career-driven women in their mid-thirties, neither of whom have built their future around the prospect of a family. Laura is so determined not to become a mother that she has taken the drastic decision to have her tubes tied. But when she announces this to her friend, she learns that Alina has made the opposite decision and is preparing to have a child of her own.
Alina’s pregnancy shakes the women’s lives, first creating distance and then a remarkable closeness between them. When Alina’s daughter survives childbirth – after a diagnosis that predicted the opposite – and Laura becomes attached to her neighbor’s son, both women are forced to reckon with the complexity of their emotions, their needs, and the needs of the people who are dependent upon them.
In prose that is as gripping as it is insightful, Guadalupe Nettel explores maternal ambivalence with a surgeon’s touch, carefully dissecting the contradictions that make up the lived experiences of women.
About the Author:
Guadalupe Nettel is the author of four international-award-winning novels: El huésped, The Body Where I was Born, After the Winter, and Still Born; and three collections of short stories. Her work has been translated into more than ten languages and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Granta, The White Review, and many others. She currently lives in Mexico City where she’s the director of the magazine Revista de la Universidad de México.
About the Moderator:
Natasha Wimmer is a translator of contemporary fiction and literary nonfiction from Spanish to English. She spent four formative years in Spain as a child and concentrated in Romance Languages and Literature as an undergraduate at Harvard University. She is a regular visiting lecturer at Princeton University and Columbia University, and she has written reviews and criticism for The Believer, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. She is the recipient of an NEA Translation Grant, a PEN Translation Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.