Kate Christensen reads at Chapters, Friday 6/17

My friend Kate Christensen, whose work I knew and loved before I knew and loved her, closes out the second season of Girls Write Now’s Chapters with a reading from her new novel, The Astral, possibly my favorite of her books so far.

I invited her to read because her work is funny, candid, and uncannily perceptive, both vulnerable and cutting at once, but also because I like to emphasize to the girls in our program — who will also be reading — that women can write about anything they want, including, in this case, the inner lives of middle-aged men. I’ll be interviewing her for The Awl, and meanwhile you can read Ron Charles’ praise in The Washington Post, Edan Lepucki’s Q&A, and Christensen’s Elle essay “Take It Like a Man.”

Join us Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the historic John Street Church (no affiliation).


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