This event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Registration and an email address are required to receive the link to participate.
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About the event:
In addition to literary conversation and celebration, the evening includes a custom cocktail presentation as well as a guest appearance from Denis Michael Griesmer of The Poetry Psychic Project, who will conduct a group reading. Come for the book chat but stay for the stars, the cocktail recipes, the collaborative fortune-telling, and a virtual toast to celebrate the publication of Body of Stars.
Laura Maylene Walter has written for Poets & Writers, Kenyon Review, The Sun, Ninth Letter, The Masters Review, and many others. She has been a Tin House Scholar, a recipient of the Ohioana Library Association’s Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, and a writer in residence at Yaddo, the Chautauqua Institution, and Art Omi: Writers. Laura is currently a writer/editor for the Cleveland Public Library, serves as editor in chief of Gordon Square Review, and blogs for the Kenyon Review.
Body of Stars is Laura's debut novel. Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood, when the freckles, moles, and birthmarks on her body will be interpreted to solidify her fate and foretell the future of those around her. The possibilities are tantalizing enough to outweigh the fear of her “changeling period”: the time when women are nearly irresistible to men and the risk of abduction is rife.
But when Celeste changes, she learns a devastating secret about her beloved brother Miles’s fate. Yet Celeste isn’t the only one keeping secrets, and when the lies of brother and sister collide, Celeste must fight against the inherent misogyny of fortune-telling, and create a future that is truly her own.
A piercing indictment of rape culture, Body of Stars is an inventive and urgent read about what happens when women are objectified and stripped of choice—and what happens when they fight back.