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Virtual Event: Siri Hustvedt

presenting

Mothers, Fathers, and Others:
Essays

in conversation with DANIELLE SPENCER

Date

Dec
8
Wednesday
December 8, 2021
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning novelist and essayist SIRI HUSTVEDT—author of The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves and A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women—for a discussion of her latest essay collection, Mothers, Fathers, and Others. She will be joined in conversation by DANIELLE SPENCER, author and Academic Director of the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program.

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About Mothers, Fathers, and Others

Described as “a 21st-century Virginia Woolf” in the Literary Review (UK), Man Booker longlisted Hustvedt displays her expansive intellect and interdisciplinary knowledge in this collection that moves effortlessly between stories of her mother, grandmother, and daughter to artistic mothers, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, and Lousie Bourgeois, to the broader meanings of maternal in a culture shaped by misogyny and fantasies of paternal authority. Mothers, Fathers, and Others is a polymath’s journey into urgent questions about familial love and hate, human prejudice and cruelty, and the transformative power of art.

This moving, fierce, and often funny book is finally about the fact that being alive means being in states of constant, dynamic exchange with what is around us, and that the impulse to draw hard and fast conceptual borders where none exist carries serious theoretical and political dangers.

Praise for Mothers, Fathers, and Others

“Hustvedt is a transporting storyteller . . . a mind-revving investigative thinker and a commanding essayist who stirs the waters, overturns stones, opens curtains, and lifts veils with authority, refinement, and cogency.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Another outstanding compilation of essays from Hustvedt . . . Brilliant and utterly transfixing." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Profound.... Hustvedt pulls from psychoanalysis, philosophy, literature, and art criticism to make brilliant connections among her takes on the world. Fans of Hustvedt’s work will welcome this, and those less familiar will delight in discovering her witty, lavish style." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Danielle Spencer
Danielle Spencer

Danielle Spencer

Danielle Spencer is the author of Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2021) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Academic Director of the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program, her scholarly and creative work appears in diverse outlets, from The Lancet to Ploughshares. Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and 2022 Yaddo Fellow. She lives in New York City.

Photo credit: Catalina Kulczar

Siri Hustvedt
Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt, a novelist and scholar, has a PhD in English literature and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the author of a book of poems, seven novels, four collections of essays, and two works of nonfiction. She has published papers in various academic and scientific journals and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, the European Charles Veillon Essay Prize, an American Academy of the Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction for The Blazing World, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo Credit: Spencer Ostrander

 

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