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Powell's Books, Inc. (Powell's City of Books)
1005 W Burnside ST, Portland, Oregon 97209
Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (in conversation with Sara Jaffe) on Monday, February 11, 7:30 pm at Powell's City of Books, to celebrate the release of her new novel, SKETCHTASY (Arsenal Pulp Press
). Reading with conversation and signing to follow. Free & open to the public.
Praise for SKETCHTASY:
“Sycamore paints an unsparing and unsentimental portrait of survival in a homophobic era, and her writing is beyond beautiful. SKETCHTASY is a powerful firecracker of a novel; it's not just one of the best books of the year, it's an instant classic of queer literature.” —Michael Schaub, NPR Books
”If there’s any justice in this world, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s SKETCHTASY will become the definitive novel of life in Boston, reducing all those sad Southie boy ballads to ether. SKETCHTASY is one of those rare things—a literary novel with energy. It’s the story of Alexa and her group of friends, playing and partying and thinking and reading and working and organizing through mid-’90s Boston. Sycamore is a master of stream of consciousness narrative voice. In lesser hands, this style can lose focus and circle around itself but in Sycamore’s novel, it drums straight through to the end, a sure shot. SKETCHTASY slyly trades 1990s nostalgia for a complicated queer narrative that is mesmerizing and heartbreaking all at once.”
—Kaitlyn Greenidge, The Millions
“Descending into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s writing is like diving into a lake and submerging yourself into a more authentically emotional world… The prose unveils like a spiraling phone message from someone you love, moving at the timeless pace of a high you keep rolling through to prevent crashing… SKETCHTASY makes it clear that you won’t find liberation by looking away from the pain. Let’s go ahead and see all of it.
—Corinne Manning, BOMB Magazine
«If you've heard her read, you know Sycamore's voice is one in a zillion. She’s at her very best here.”
—Dave Wheeler, Shelf Awareness
If SKETCHTASY doesn't become a classic, we are doomed.
—Sarah Schulman, author of Conflict Is Not Abuse