This Sunday afternoon reading, sponsored by Northwestern's Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, pairs two Chicago authors whose works are written for maximum impact on both page and stage:
Megan Stielstra's new intellectually daring and viscerally intimate essay collection, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, informs, impels, and embraces us all, whether imagining the implications of open-carry laws on college campuses, recounting the story of losing her first home during the recession, or shining a light on the complexities of postpartum depression tangled with the fierce joys of motherhood.
A child of the South speaking in the rhythms of Chicago, Parneshia Jones writes across time and place, knitting "a human quilt" with her own identity at the center. Her debut poetry collection, Vessel, evokes a rich and often painful history, public and private, from the awkward trip to Marshall Fields with her mother to buy her first bra, to the late whiskey-infused nights of her father's world. Jones intertwines the stories of her own family with those of historical black figures, including Marvin Gaye and Josephine Baker.