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A Conversation with Emily Maloney and Susannah Pratt

Please join Evanston authors Emily Maloney and Susannah Pratt in the Bookends & Beginnings courtyard for a timely conversation about cost, value, and the larger systems that set their terms. We will have copies of both books for sale in the bookstore or you can pre-order your books with your registration and we'll have them signed and ready to pick up at the event. If you want a personalized dedication, enter your desired inscription in the "Notes" field when you place the order.


The New York Times praises Emily Maloney's debut essay collection, Cost of Living, as "astute, compassionate and lethally funny." Maloney's tale of hospitalization and crippling medical debt explores "the complex intersections of money, illness and medicine."

Susannah Pratt's More or Less: Essays from a Year of No Buying documents her family’s experiment in buying nothing nonessential. Eula Biss writes that, “The resulting meditation on want, need, excess, and garbage asks profound questions about waste, time, and the lost art of thrift.”

Emily Maloney is the author of Cost of Living (Henry Holt, 2022). Her work has appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, and the American Journal of Nursing, among others. She has worked as a dog groomer, pastry chef, general contractor, tile setter, and catalog model and sold her ceramics at art fairs. She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell and the Illinois Arts Council, has an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, and lives in Evanston, Illinois.



Susannah Pratt is a Chicago-based writer whose work has appeared in Literary Mama, Motherwell, The Mindful Word, Chicago Parent, Under the Gum Tree, Essay Daily, and The Week, among others. She has also served as a regular contributor to The Waking, the blog at Ruminate Magazine. Pratt, her husband, three children, and two dogs make their home—still full of too much stuff— in Evanston, IL. More or Less is her first book.


Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
More or Less: Essays from a Year of No Buying By Susannah Q. Pratt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934894767
Published: Eastover Press LLC - February 15th, 2022

Cost of Living: Essays By Emily Maloney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250213297
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 8th, 2022