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An Intimate Evening Salon with Catherine Lacey on Biography of X


Includes a Copy of
Biography of X

Out of stock

Thursday, 7:00 pm EDT April 25, 2024

The Center for Fiction
Members Lounge

Join us for a special evening with Whiting Award-winning writer Catherine Lacey to celebrate the paperback release of Biography of X, her innovative novel that was named one of the Best Books of 2023 by the New York Times, NPR, the New Yorker, and the Chicago Tribune. The book chronicles the fictional life of X, a notorious artist and writer who kept the details of her past a secret — even from her wife CM. After X falls dead in her office, CM sets out to craft the biography of the woman she loved, immersing herself in a web of secrets and destruction. Set in an alternate timeline in which the South seceded from the rest of the U.S., the novel is a suspenseful and audacious epic about the nature of truth and identity. Lacey’s most ambitious novel to date, Biography of X “pushes contemporary fiction to dizzying heights” (Kirkus) with its inventive fusion of fiction and nonfiction. The intimate setting of The Center for Fiction Members Lounge is the perfect venue for a smaller audience to engage with Lacey, who is “one of the most fearless novelists writing today” (Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times). Lacey’s acclaimed editor Jackson Howard—named one of Harper’s BAZAAR’s 36 Voices of Now and part of Town & Country’s Creative Aristocracy—will join her for an unmissable conversation.

Space for this event will be limited and the price of admission includes a copy of Biography of X. Guests are invited to mingle at a special wine bar before the event.

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  • Catherine Lacey, credit Willy Somma

    Catherine Lacey

    Catherine Lacey

    Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers, and Pew, and the short-story collection Certain American States. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. She has been a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s magazine, the New York Times, the Believer, and elsewhere.

    Photo Credit: Willy Somma