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Saturday, October 13 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Memoir: Identity

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Self-identity is defined by an ever-evolving set of factors, including family, culture, affiliation, our experiences, and our choices. The three riveting memoirs considered here look deeply at personal identity formed in the context of history, biology, and culture. In Growing Up with the Country, described in a Library Journal starred review as a “masterpiece in the areas of personal narration, family genealogy, and African American historiography,” Kendra Field interweaves stories of her own family’s westward migration after emancipation with black, white, and Native histories. Sisonke Msimang was born in exile in Zambia to parents fighting for a free South Africa, then moved to Kenya and Canada, to Kenya again, and ultimately settled in Australia, each move bringing a new sense of otherness. Her memoir, Always Another Country, called “eloquent and affecting” by Kirkus, explores her struggle to create a viable self-identity. Catherine Guthrie discusses a different kind of journey to the unknown. As a young, queer woman, she had unique challenges when it came to feeling secure in her identity. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer she thought that as a women’s health journalist with knowledge of her specific cancer, she could handle it. In Flat, Guthrie describes just how wrong she was. Join this fascinating trio’s conversation about identity, led by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir The Fact of a Body.

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, receipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot... Read More →

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Kendra Taira Field

Kendra Taira Field is a historian, educator, and writer who studies United States history. Field holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a PhD in American history from New York University, where she also taught. She was an assistant professor... Read More →
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Catherine Guthrie

Catherine Guthrie is a women’s health journalist with twenty years of writing under her belt. Her work has appeared everywhere, from Slate and Time to O, Self, and Out. In her 2018 memoir, Flat, Guthrie tells the story of her harrowing battle with breast cancer. As a young queer... Read More →
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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender, and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek, and Al Jazeera. Msimang is the author of Always Another... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA