Our evening was star-studded as we welcomed Alix Ohlin, Audrée Wilhelmy, and Megan Gail Coles for the launch of their books: Dual Citizens, The Body of the Beasts, and Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club!
Alix began the readings:
"I will begin with the beginning of my book so that I don’t have to explain anything."
"The Leafy heat of summer ... Their silvery howls rose and fell, rose and fell. What I found wild, she found a comfort. That was always a difference between us."
Audrée followed up with the help of her English publisher:
"Elle emprunte le corps de la grue ... Les deux corps se sont dissous ... Elle monte à la surface."
"She walks she tracks - her heavy feet crush dead trunks."
Megan ended the night with a stunning performance:
"Every party ends in tears - they will hate her for what she’s done ... A pervasive poverty runs through her - she can’t spend it fast enough.
"Are you stupid girl? Are you stupid?? She could talk back, but she was socialized against it."
On the process of writing:
A sliding scale: Alix writes in a less structured way, while Audrée needs to stay very organized. Megan starts with characters and "sort of goes all over the place." "I’m like a serial killer" as she maps out her narratives with string.
What is it like seeing your work in English?
"It’s great! It’s like discovering the work a second time ... I don’t always realize how crude the text can become in English."
"It’s kind of learning something new about yourself ... It was an interesting thing to work with a translator, since I could understand the language. It was a formative experience."
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