Today, we are highlighting Part Two of our 2019 Arts & Lecture Series, Sarah Rose Etter in conversation with Jeff Jackson (September 6, 7pm at Quail Ridge Books; subscribers may also attend the Books and Bands panel at the Hopscotch Music Festival, September 7, 2:30pm at the Downtown Raleigh Residence Inn, which features Sarah Rose Etter, Jeff Jackson, Laura Balance, and more tba).
Sarah Rose Etter is the author of The Book of X, named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by several news outlets. The Book of X–published by our friends at indie press Two Dollar Radio–tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday—school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents—with the surreal—rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats—Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.
Jeff Jackson is a novelist, playwright, visual artist, and songwriter. His second novel Destroy All Monsters was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in Fall 2018. It received advanced praise from Don DeLillo, Janet Fitch, Dana Spiotta, Ben Marcus, and Dennis Cooper. His novella Novi Sad was published as a limited edition art book and selected for “Best of 2016” lists in Vice, Lit Reactor, and Entropy. His first novel Mira Corpora, published in 2013 by Two Dollar Radio, was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and featured on numerous “Best of the Year” lists, including Slate, Salon, The New Statesman, and Flavorwire. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, New York Tyrant, and The Collagist and been performed in New York and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists.
Subscriptions to the 2019 Arts & Lecture Series can be purchased here while supplies last. Each $85 subscription includes a book for each event (Karl Marlantes w/ Wiley Cash, Sarah Rose Etter w/ Jeff Jackson, and Ann Patchett), priority seating and signing line access for each event, and priority seating and signing line access for all events at the 2020 North Carolina Book Festival.
–Jason Jefferies, Co-Director