Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writers on #MeToo
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” said Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford when she testified to Congress in September 2018 about the men who victimized her. A year earlier, in October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo shone a light on the internalized, normalized sexual harassment and abuse that’d been ubiquitous for women for generations.
Among the first books to emerge from the #MeToo movement, Indelible in the Hippocampus is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. These original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and says “me too” 23 times. Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.
Join us September 10th at BookWoman for a reading and discussion on the book and its themes curated by editor Shelly Oria, featuring authors Deb Olin Unferth, Rachel Heng, Maya Perez, and Nia KB.
“Indelible in the Hippocampus is a vital act of witnessing, a fortification for the body and the sprit, a reckoning with violences that belong to both the present and the past. ‘Speaking lights a candle in a room inside us,' Gabrielle Bellot writes. This is a book that is going to light so many candles, in so many rooms.”
— Laura van den Berg
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Austin, TX 78751