MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL - Critical Hits: Writers Playing Video Games with Carmen Maria Machado, Larissa Pham, and J Robert Lennon

Event date: 
Friday, April 5, 2024 - 7:30pm

This special 7:30pm Mission Creek Festival event celebrates something you may not know some of your favorite authors are interested in: gaming. Critical Hits: Writers Playing Video Games, published by Graywolf, celebrates this sophisticated medium and considers its lasting impact on our culture and ourselves. “[Video games] raise profound questions for the humans who find themselves enraptured by these digital puzzles, adventures, and battles lighting up their computers, televisions, or handheld consoles. . . . These questions and others receive sharp attention in essays by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Alexander Chee, Larissa Pham, and other authors who boldly own and astutely analyze their engagement with video games and their intersections with family, friendship, love, and other heady subjects.”Poets & Writers Magazine
Critical Hits editors Carmen Maria Machado and J Robert Lennon, along with contributor Larissa Pham, will read from and talk about this fun and fascinating new anthology!

J Robert Lennon is the author of three story collections and ten novels, including Broken River, Castle, Subdivision, and the forthcoming Hard Girls.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the best-selling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning-short story collection Her Body and Other Parties.

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in upstate New York. She writes fiction, essays, and criticism and is the author of Fantasian, a novella, and the essay collection Pop Song, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.

This Mission Creek Festival event is free and open to the public!

 

Event address: 
Prairie Lights
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Critical Hits: Writers Playing Video Games By Carmen Maria Machado (Editor), J. Robert Lennon (Editor) Cover Image
By Carmen Maria Machado (Editor), J. Robert Lennon (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644452615
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 21st, 2023

A wide-ranging anthology of essays exploring one of the most vital art forms on the planet today


From the earliest computers to the smartphones in our pockets, video games have been on our screens and part of our lives for over fifty years. Critical Hits celebrates this sophisticated medium and considers its lasting impact on our culture and ourselves.