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Mean Girls: A Panel on Adolescent Female Violence


Admission and $10 off at our bookstore.

July 24, 2019 Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion on adolescent female violence inspired by Rebecca Godfrey’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning true crime book, Under the Bridge. The book details the infamous 1997 “Schoolgirl Murder,” when a group of teenagers—mostly girls—beat a classmate to death in British Columbia and then hid the murder for eight days. Panelists include Rebecca Godfrey, Melissa Febos, and Jaquira Díaz.

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  • Rebecca Godfrey

    Rebecca Godfrey

    Rebecca Godfrey

    Rebecca Godfrey’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge received one of Canada’s largest literary awards, the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, as well as the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. In 2016, she edited and curated the multimedia exhibition, Girls In Trees. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.

  • Jaquira Diaz

    Jaquira Díaz

    Jaquira Díaz

    Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir (a Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Selection), forthcoming from Algonquin Books. She’s the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Kenyon Review, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work appears in The Best American EssaysRolling StoneThe GuardianThe FADERLongreads, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and others. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and is a Consulting Editor at the Kenyon Review.