I’m about halfway into So Much Pretty, the debut novel by Cara Hoffman, now and I’m really looking forward to meeting her on Wednesday, April 27, when she comes to Greenlight Bookstore for the Author/Blogger series—she’ll be joined by Chloe Angyal, the interview editor for Feministing, a website that’s described as “the world’s most-read feminist publication.” So Much Pretty is a literary thriller that raises unsettling questions about violence against women, teen violence, and community complacency; as I’ve been reading it, one of the things I’ve been reminded of is the outrage last month over New York Times coverage of a Texas case of group sexual assault on a minor—the first article the Times filed about the case basically shaped the narrative from the perspective of residents’ “how are our town’s young men going to live with this hanging over them, and, really, that 11-year-old girl was running around unsupervised, practically dressed like an adult” attitude. (It’s a case Angyal has written about, and though the Times did redeem itself slightly by putting another reporter on a follow-up story, it’s truly appalling that things had to come to that.)
Greenlight Bookstore is located at 686 Fulton Street in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene nieghborhood, right next to the C train, one block away from the G train, and a five-minute walk from all the trains that stop at Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. Cara Hoffman will read from So Much Pretty shortly after 7:30 p.m., after which Chloe Angyal will engage her in a conversation that’s sure to be thought-provoking, and we’ll also leave plenty of time for your questions. You don’t need to RSVP on Facebook, but it’s always helpful to have an idea of how many people might show up, so you may want to check in. I’ll look for you there!
25 April 2011 | events |