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Town Hall Seattle and Clarion West present

Clarion West Summer Reading Series

Featuring Carmen Maria Machado

Tuesday, July 23
7:00 pm PDT
$5 - $25 Sliding Scale
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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

A livestream of this event will also be available. 

Book cover of "In the Dream House" by Carmen Maria Machado, featuring a stylized image of a house with a large hole through which a person's face is visible, set against a dark, moody background with eerie green lighting.
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In the Dream House: A Memoir

The Elliott Bay Book Company

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Carmen Maria Machado (with short curly hair, glasses, and pink top) looks to the side against a dark background with abstract lines/shapes.
Arts & Culture

Acclaimed essayist, poet, and critic Carmen Maria Machado discusses her literary repertoire and process.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, among others. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Vogue, This American Life, The Believer, Guernica, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

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The Clarion West Summer Reading Series will be held in person and streamed live in a hybrid session each week during the Six-Week Workshop.

Clarion West supports emerging and underrepresented voices by providing writers with world-class instruction to empower their creation of wild and amazing worlds. Through conversation and public engagement, they bring those voices to an ever-expanding community. Read more about their work here.

This reading series has been made possible by King County 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Sherman Family Foundation, the Seattle Public Library, Hugo House, Third Place Books, and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

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Cover of the book "Her Body and Other Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado, featuring an illustration of a red piece of fabric with swirling green ribbons, and text indicating its status as a National Book Award Finalist. Quotes from Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, and Carmen Maria Machado are included.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Carmen Maria Machado

The Elliott Bay Book Company

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Book cover for "Apocrifa" featuring a symmetrical design with two silhouetted profiles facing away from each other against a mandala-inspired pattern, predominantly in shades of blue and gold, with the author's name, Amber Flame, displayed at the bottom.


Amber Flame

The Elliott Bay Book Company

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