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Jia Tolentino: Trick Mirror

We welcome Jia Tolentino back to Ann Arbor in support of her debut collection of essays, Trick Mirror. Jia will be in-conversation with author Aisha Sabatini Sloan. A book signing to follow. Free and open to the public. 

Early praise for Trick Mirror: 

"It's easy to write about things as you wish they were--or as others tell you they must be. It's much harder to think for yourself, with the minimum of self-delusion. It's even harder to achieve at a moment like this, when our thoughts are subject to unprecedented manipulation, monetization, and surveillance. Yet Tolentino has managed to tell many inconvenient truths in Trick Mirror--and in enviable style. This is a whip-smart, challenging book that will prompt many of us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It filled me with hope."-- Zadie Smith

"In Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino's thinking surges with a fierce, electric lyricism. Her mind is animated by rigor and compassion at once. She's horrified by the world and also in love with it. Her truths are knotty but her voice is crystalline enough to handle them. She's always got skin in the game; she knows we all do. Her intelligence is unrelenting and full-blooded, a heart beating inside every critique. She refuses easy morals, false binaries, and redemptive epiphanies, but all that refusal is in the service of something tender, humane, and often achingly beautiful--an exploration of what we long for, how we long for it, and all the stories we tell ourselves along the way." --Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering

"It has been a consolation these last few years to know that no matter what was happening, Jia Tolentino would be writing about it, with a clear eye and a steady hand, a quick wit and a conscience, and in some of the best prose of her generation." --Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddy

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Raised in Texas, she studied at the University of Virginia before serving in Kyrgyzstan in the Peace Corps and receiving her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She was a contributing editor at The Hairpin and the deputy editor at Jezebel,and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Grantland, Pitchfork, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White (University of Iowa Press, 2013) and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (1913 Press, 2017). The latter was nominated for the Iowa Essay Prize, chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and won CLMP’s Firecracker award for Nonfiction in 2018. Her writing can be found in The Offing, EcotoneNinth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Essay Daily, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat, Catapult, Sublevel, Autostraddle, Guernica, The Paris Review, LitHub and Obsidian

Event date: 
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019