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Book Launch: Courtney Maum presents Costalegre with Marie-Helene Bertino


Admission and $10 off at our bookstore.

July 18, 2019 Thursday, 7:00 pm

Join us for the launch party for Courtney Maum’s Costalegre. R. O. Kwon calls it “a book for anyone who’s ever loved and not felt sufficiently loved in return; and for anyone who’s had to try to grow up; for, that is, everyone.” And, in the words of Laura Van Den Berg, Costalegre is “a spectacular high-wire act that dazzles and devastates.” Courtney will be in conversation with author Marie-Helene Bertino.

  • Courtney Maum

    Courtney Maum

    Courtney Maum

    Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novels Touch and I Am Having So much Fun Here without You, which were both selected by such outlets as O Magazine, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, and others as one of the best books of summer. Her chapbook Notes from Mexico is part travelogue and part eulogy. Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays on the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as the New York Times, O Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed, and she has co-written films that have debuted at Sundance and won awards at Cannes. At various points in her life, she has been a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra. She currently works as a product namer for M·A·C cosmetics and other companies from her home in Litchfield County, CT, where she founded the learning collaborative, The Cabins which will take place again in the summer of 2020. Courtney has two new books forthcoming in 2019: Costalegre, a novel about European surrealists fleeing World War II, and Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book, a humorous guide to help aspiring authors navigate their debut publishing experience.

  • Marie Helene Bertino

    Marie-Helene Bertino

    Marie-Helene Bertino

    Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas and the story collection Safe as Houses. Her work has received The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize and two Special Mentions, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, fellowships from The MacDowell and Hedgebrook Writers Colonies, The Center For Fiction, and Sewanee Writers Conference, and has twice been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” radio program. The former Associate Editor for One Story and Editor-at-Large for Catapult, she teaches fiction at NYU, The New School, and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and lives in Brooklyn. In Spring 2020 she will be the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana. Her third book, the novel Parakeet, is forthcoming in Spring 2020. Her fourth book, the novel Beautyland, is forthcoming in Spring 2022. Her work has been translated and published in Ireland, England, Scotland, Turkey, France, Sweden, Russia, Japan, and forthcoming in Brazil.