There is no other literary voice like Lidia Yuknavitch’s. She is a “bold and ecstatic writer” (NPR), a writer’s writer, “a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep” (Lenny Letter). The author of the award-winning speculative feminist novel “The Book of Joan” and the hypnotic memoir “The Chronology of Water” has experienced domestic violence, struggles with substance abuse, bouts of homelessness, and the loss of a child. In a raw, fearless voice she interrogates conformity, love, sex, the body, memory, and writing itself and inspires her readers with the courage to live (and write) fully. A protege of Ken Kesey and inspired by Kathy Acker, she is a self-proclaimed “misfit” and has penned a book, enhanced by interviews, called “The Misfit’s Manifesto.” Come hear her calls for authenticity in life and literature.
Lidia Yuknavitch in conversation with Evelyn O'Rourke
Oregon-based Lidia Yuknavitch re-imagines the myth of Joan of Arc in her bestselling novel The Book of Joan. A riveting tale of destruction and love transports the reader into a world of endless war, raising questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender and the role of art as a means for survival.
‘A dystopian, feminist tale… Remarkable… The tension in this literary mash-up builds towards an action-packed climax.’ The Irish Times.
Lidia Yuknavitch talks to Laurie Penny
A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.
Come write with Lidia Yuknavitch at the Oregon Coast in this special oceanside retreat. Space is limited so book your spot soon.
When we’re born, our bodies are approximately 78 percent water. The ocean, source, water being is also in a state of trauma just now that corresponds to all kinds of personal crises; the environmental and the emotional are in relationship. Whatever the ocean is or isn’t, we are part of it. In this collaborative we will write alongside the ocean, and explore the ways in which our creativity kisses and moves through life waters. Friday night we will talk through our relationships to the ocean (fear, joy, pleasure, pain, anger, etc...all emotions).
Moral Culpability in Global Crises
From America to Cuba to a dystopian world, at first glance these novels seem like a whirlwind trip through worlds that could not be more different. Yet, novelists Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), and Achy Obejas(The Tower of the Antilles) show that no matter the setting, characters share common struggles. Across time and place, these protagonists search for their role in a crisis larger than themselves – whether as rebel fighters in a futuristic police-state, Jewish-Americans coping with the conflict in the Middle East, and Cubans haunted by the islands they inhabit. Moderated by Michele Filgate.