Want to talk of books, lovers, and mothers? Of course you do.
On February 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Melville House in Brooklyn, fellow Atavist author Cris Beam, Wired and New York Times Magazine contributor Clive Thompson and I will be talking about memoir in the digital age — and Cris Beam’s Atavist hit Mother, Stranger and my own My Mother’s Lover. From the program:
What is the future for memoir in the digital age? Kids are replacing parents as the true family archivists, posting photos, drawings, diaries, and video: the narratives of the young are dominating those of the rest of the family online everyday.
As more people tell their own stories through Facebook, YouTube and other social media, is the memoir an obsolete medium? Can “e-memoirs” mark a rebirth of the form? What does this new kind of personal storytelling mean for how families are conceived and our histories remembered? Is the digital space not the end of memory, but the end of forgetting? The Atavist is bringing together two of its own memoirists, Cris Beam and David Dobbs, along with New York Times Magazine and Wired contributor Clive Thompson, for a night of discussion and drinks, moderated by Alissa Quart, senior editor of The Atavist.
Drinks and chatter begin at 630; at 7 we’ll begin an hour or so of more structured conversation, then return to informal hobbing, nodding, and gobbling. We’d love to see you. Tell your friends. Location and directions below. If you would, please quickly RSVP, so they’ll be all ready for you.
Hope to see you there.
Melville House Books » The Melville House Bookstore
145 Plymouth St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subway: High St