Women in Nonfiction: Sarah Menkedick & Katie BoothWednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join us in honoring the power of true stories with a reading from nonfiction writers—and University of Pittsburgh MFA alumni—Sarah Menkedick and Katie Booth.
Sarah Menkedick and Katie Booth are two nonfiction writers whose work illuminates discriminated communities. Sarah will be reading from an essay first published in Harper’s on undocumented workers returning to Mexico, as well as from her new book, Homing Instincts (Pantheon 2017). Katie will read from her book The Illusion of Miracles, in which she explores the wrongheaded ways people attempt to “fix” difference through the true story of Alexander Graham Bell’s flawed pursuit for a cure for deafness.
Sarah Menkedick‘s first book, Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm (Pantheon, 2017) was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of Essay. Her second book, The Far Sea, on an epidemic of maternal anxiety in the U.S., is forthcoming from Pantheon. Her writing has been featured in Harper’s, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Guernica, Oxford American, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow in Mexico. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh.
Katie Booth’s work has appeared in Aeon Magazine, Catapult, Harper’s Magazine, Indiana Review, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Mid-American Review, NPR’s The Pulse and Vela. She has earned support from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Blue Mountain Center, and was a 2017-18 John W. Kluge fellow at the Library of Congress. Her first book, The Illusion of Miracles, about Alexander Graham Bell’s lifelong work to isolate deaf children from Sign Language and dismantle the Deaf community, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2020.