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Rachel Kushner & Ottessa Moshfegh

Saturday, December 17, 2022
7:30pm Pacific Time
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

This event appears in the series
"On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Join us for a conversation between two writers whose work – be it fiction, criticism or art theory- captures the spirit, concerns, and aesthetics of this moment.

“As a novelist who’s made it to the innermost sanctum of the literary world, Rachel Kushner willfully stands apart” (New York Magazine). She is the author of internationally acclaimed novels The Mars Room, The Flamethrowers, and Telex from Cuba, as well as a book of short stories, The Strange Case of Rachel K. Her career-spanning book of essays The Hard Crowd, solidified her place of authority amongst today’s writers, covering everything from a Palestinian refugee camp to her young life in the San Francisco music scene. Kushner has won the Prix Médicis and been a finalist for the Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction.

Called “easily the most interesting contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive when being alive feels terrible” by Jia Tolentino (The New Yorker), Ottessa Moshfegh is a stand-out in contemporary literature. With worlds and minds that manage to be both dark and intricate, as well as elegant and neurotic, her writing trails a unique and poignant thread of what it means to live in the now. She is the author of the novels My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Eileen, the novella McGlue, the short story collection Homesick for Another World, and she has three film adaptations in the works. Her newest book, Lapvona, is a medieval fantasy set in a fictional village struggling with the sordid aftermath of a plague; “part Dostoevsky, part Poe, and entirely her own” (The Millions), the book showcases Moshfegh at seemingly her darkest.

Proof of vaccination with a complete initial series is required for entry. This means completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be administered two weeks or more in advance of the event. While not a requirement, a vaccine booster is strongly recommended to be administered at least one week prior to the event. Masks are also required. Policy subject to change. 

Photo by Chloe Aftel/Jake Belcher