We are delighted to be on hand at the University Club of Chicago, as award-winning critic and memoirist Margo Jefferson discusses her latest book, Constructing a Nervous System with Booklist's Donna Seaman. This is a ticketed event, and each ticket includes a copy of the book. For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Jefferson’s candor, and the courage and rigor of her critic’s mind, recall a number of America’s greatest thinkers.” - Tracy K. Smith, The New York Times Book Review
Margo Jefferson has lived in the thrall of a cast of others—her parents and maternal grandmother, jazz luminaries, writers, artists, athletes, and stars. These are the figures who thrill and trouble her, and who have made up her sense of self as a person and as a writer. Jefferson comes to the Clubhouse to discuss her recent work, Constructing a Nervous System, and brings these figures to life in a memoir of stunning originality, depth and stirring beauty. Jefferson interrogates her own self as well as the act of writing memoir, and probes the fissures at the center of American cultural life.
A copy of Constructing a Nervous System is included with your ticket.
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson previously served as book and arts critic for Newsweek and the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York Magazine, The Nation, and Guernica. Her memoir, Negroland, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Conversation partner Donna Seaman is the Editor for Adult Books at Booklist, a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the Louis Shore Award for excellence in book reviewing, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Seaman has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. She has been a writer-in-residence for Columbia College Chicago and has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Seaman created the anthology In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness; her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.
From "one of our most nuanced thinkers on the intersections of race, class, and feminism (Cathy Park Hong, New York Times bestselling author of Minor Feelings) comes a memoir "as electric as the title suggests" (Maggie Nelson, author of On Freedom).