Melissa Febos in conversation with Rachel Yoder

May 22, 2022 - 3:00pm
Prairie Lights Books

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Melissa Febos to celebrate the paperback release of her book Girlhood. She will be joined in conversation by Rachel Yoder.

The New York Times Book Review says of Girlhood, “Febos's own voice is so irreverent and original. The aim of this book, though, is not simply to tell about her own life, but to listen to the pulses of many others'. In her author's note, Febos writes that she has 'found company in the stories of other women, and the revelation of all our ordinariness has itself been curative.' This solidarity puts Girlhood in a feminist canon that includes Febos's idol, Adrienne Rich, and Maggie Nelson's theory-minded masterpieces: smart, radical company, and not ordinary at all.”

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010); Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, and an Indie Next Pick; Girlhood (Bloomsbury 2021), a national bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism; and the craft book, Body Work (Catapult 2022), which is an Indie Next Pick and a national bestseller. Febos is the recipient of awards and fellowships from LAMBDA Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MacDowell, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, Ragdale, Prairie SchoonerThe Sewanee Review, and others. Her essays have recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Paris Review, The Sun, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, and New York Review of BooksShe is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Rachel Yoder is the author of the novel Nightbitch, soon to be a film starring Amy Adams. A graduate of the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program , she also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She has worked in the Iowa City literary community for many years, for the Mission Creek Festival, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa Young Writers' Studio, and UNESCO City of Literature. She is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process.