Desert Island Books with Lidia Yuknavitch

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If you’ve been to any WHQ event in the last few months, you will have heard Sarah excitedly talking about her latest author crush, Lidia Yuknavitch. And now, live and direct on WHQ, you can watch Sarah collapse in a fangirl heap instead of interviewing Lidia, Desert Island Books-style. Squeee!

There is no one writing today who does what Lidia Yukanvitch does with trauma, sex and the environment so even if you’re not familiar with her work, you definitely do not want to miss this one.

What books does this bestselling author credit with making her the writer she is today? We’re gonna find out! Get yerself a place right now and join in the conversation.

About Lidia

Lidia Yuknavitch is the National Bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader’s Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence (Routledge).

Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice. The Misfit’s Manifesto, a book based on her recent TED Talk, was published by TED Books, and her new collection of fiction, Verge, was released in 2020. Lidia’s newest novel is Thrust.

She has also had writing appear in publications including Guernica Magazine, Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Another Chicago Magazine, The Sun, Exquisite Corpse, TANK, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil), Forms at War (FC2), Feminaissance (Les Figues Press), and Representing Bisexualities (SUNY), as well as online at The Rumpus.

She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

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