Upcoming Event

Maggie Thrash at Harvard Book Store

presenting

Rainbow Black: A Novel

in conversation with ADAM COLMAN

Date

Mar
21
Thursday
March 21, 2024
7:00 PM ET

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MAGGIE THRASH—author of Honor Girl—for a discussion for her new novel Rainbow Black. She will be joined in conversation by ADAM COLMAN—host and producer of Lit Hub’s Cosmic Library podcast and author of New Uses for Failure

About Rainbow Black

Lacey Bond is a 13-year-old girl in New Hampshire growing up in the tranquility of her hippie parents’ rural daycare center.

Then the Satanic Panic hits. It’s the summer of 1990 when Lacey ’s parents are handcuffed, flung into the county jail, and faced with a torrent of jaw-dropping accusations as part of a mass hysteria sweeping the nation. When a horrific murder brings Lacey to the breaking point, she makes a ruthless choice that will haunt her for decades.

As an adult, Lacey mimes a normal life as the law clerk of an illustrious judge. She has a beautiful girlfriend, a measure of security, and the world has mostly forgotten about her. But after a tiny misstep spirals into an uncontrolled legal disaster, the hysteria threatens to begin all over again.

Rainbow Black is an addictive, searing, high-octane triumph, an imaginative tour de force about one woman’s tireless desire to be free.

Praise for Maggie Thrash

"[Wipes away tear.] Honor Girl is, all at once, heartachey (but never precious), dry-witted (but not cynical), and incredibly beautiful." —Tavi Gevinson, Editor-in-Chief of Rookie

"Maggie Thrash’s memoir is agonizingly accurate about what it feels like to be a teenager—serious and ridiculous, confusing and profound." —Emma Straub, bestselling author of This Time Tomorrow

"Though I am neither a teenage girl nor a lesbian, I found this story super-real and relatable." —Ira Glass, host of This American Life

Mask Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Adam Colman
Adam Colman

Adam Colman

Adam Colman is the author of New Uses for Failure. He’s also host and producer of Lit Hub’s Cosmic Library podcast, and he’s host of the Writers Institute radio show from the New York State Writers Institute.

Maggie Thrash
Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash is a lesbian writer wrestling with important themes, including sexuality, transphobia, and identity. She is unafraid of plumbing dark waters with an off-kilter humor and storytelling bravado reminiscent of the writing of Nell Zink, Alissa Nutting, Donna Tartt, and Ottessa Moshfegh, as well as TV series such as Euphoria, Skins, Yellowjackets, Bad Sisters, and Fleabag. Besides Honor Girl, she is the author of Lost Soul, Be At Peace, as well as two other novels for young adults. Born and raised in Atlanta, she now lives in New Hampshire. For more on Maggie and her work, visit: https://www.maggiethrash.com/

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