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Cristina Rivera Garza x Sabrina Orah Mark

Two amazing authors in one night! We are beyond thrilled to host Cristina Rivera Garza and Sarah Orah Mark as they present their newest works, THE TAIGA SYNDROME and WILD MILK, published by Dorothy, A Publishing Project. 

About the Books

WILD MILK is like Borscht Belt meets Leonora Carrington; it’s like Donald Barthelme meets Pony Head; it’s like the Brothers Grimm meet Beckett in his swim trunks at the beach. In other words, this remarkable collection of stories is unlike anything else you’ve read.

“Sabrina Orah Mark is a writer of strangeness & tenderness & undeniable brilliance. I wanted to read this book aloud to everyone I’ve ever loved, & to fold it into a locket to keep close to my heart.” -Elizabeth McCracken

A fairy tale run amok, THE TAIGA SYNDROME follows an unnamed female Ex-Detective as she searches for a couple who has fled to the far reaches of the earth. A betrayed husband is convinced by a brief telegram that his second ex-wife wants him to track her down—that she wants to be found. He hires the Ex-Detective, who sets out with a translator into a snowy, hostile forest where strange things happen and translation betrays both sense and one’s senses.Tales of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood haunt the Ex-Detective’s quest into a territory overrun with the primitive excesses of Capitalism—accumulation and expulsion, corruption and cruelty—though the lessons of her journey are more experiential than moral: that just as love can fly away, sometimes unloving flies away as well. That sometimes leaving everything behind is the only thing left to do.

“Cristina Rivera Garza does not respect what is expected of a writer, of a novel, of language. She is an agitator.” -Yuri Herrera

About the Authors

Sabrina Orah Mark is the award-winning author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk (Dorothy, 2018) is her first book of fiction. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and more. Born in Mexico in 1964, she has lived in the United States since 1989. She is Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Her latest book in English translation is the novel The Taiga Syndrome (Dorothy, 2018; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana).

Earlier Event: September 27
NFAA Monthly Meetup
Later Event: October 5
Queer AF: A QPOC Open Mic