Tuesday, September 25
Blending the poignant wit of David Sedaris with the feminist candor of Melissa or Jessi Klein, Chelsea Martin's Caca Dolce: Essays From a Lowbrow Life is a book about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family—and about growing up weird and poor in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Chelsea examines her varied experiences: as an eleven-year-old atheist, trying to will an alien visitation to her neighborhood; fighting with her stepfather and grappling with a Tourette’s diagnosis as she becomes a teenager; falling under the sway of frenemies and crushes in high school; going into debt to afford what might be a meaningless education at an expensive art college; navigating the messy process of falling in love with a close friend; and struggling for independence from her emotionally manipulative father and her hometown family and friends.
Joining her in conversation is the novelist Colin Winnette.
About the Authors
Chelsea Martin is the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever; The Really Funny Thing About Apathy; Even Though I Don’t Miss You, which was named one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 by Dazed magazine; and her novel, Mickey. Her work has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, Hobart, Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, Vice, and Catapult, and was chosen as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is a comic artist and illustrator and currently lives in Washington State.
Colin Winnette is the author of Revelation, Animal Collection, Fondly, Coyote, and Haints Stay. His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in 2017.His prizes include Les Figues Press's NOS Book Contest, the Sonora Review’s 2012 Short Short Fiction Contest, and Heavy Feather Review’s Featured Chapbook Contest in 2014. His writing has appeared in Playboy, Lucky Peach, The Believer, and numerous other journals and anthologies. He lives in San Francisco with a noisy refrigerator.