Stacie Williams - "Bizarro Worlds" - Tara Betts

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Stacie Williams

Stacie Williams discusses Bizarro Worlds: Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude. She will be joined in conversation by Tara Betts. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. 


At 57th Street Books


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About the book: As a black woman and a comics geek, Stacie Williams identified strongly with one aspect of The Fortress of Solitude--its portrayal of gentrification. For Jonathan Lethem's characters, and for Williams in her own life, gentrification is a stand-in for racism--the "Big Bad" that affects education, policing, and housing policy. Tracing her experience of living in Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Lexington, Kentucky, Williams tests the limits of how far Lethem's superhero narrative frames the most American of experiences. This is part of Fiction Advocate's Afterwords series.


About the author: Stacie Williams is the Director for the Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago. Herwork has appeared in Bitch, Midnight Breakfast, LitHub, New York magazine, Catapult, Gordon Sqaure Review and The RumpusBizarro Worlds(November 2018) is part of Fiction Advocate's AFTERWORDS bibliomemoir series.


About the interlocutor: Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hueand the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She's a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler's memoir Adventures in Black and White. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at Rutgers University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Chicago State University's MFA Program. 


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637