City of Incurable Women: A Book Talk with Maud Casey and Kerry Folan
October 28, 6 pm
Join author Maud Casey and Shore Lit founder Kerry Folan for a conversation about Casey’s latest book, City of Incurable Women. This hybrid text, which is braided with period photographs and medical documents, reimagines the “hysterical” women of Paris’s famed nineteenth-century Salpêtrière mental asylum from their own perspectives in shimmering, lyrical prose.
Presented in collaboration with Shore Lit.
Reservations are required
Maud Casey is the author of four novels, most recently City of Incurable Women; a short story collection, Drastic; and a nonfiction book, The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Salon, Poets and Writers, A Public Space and Literary Imagination. She is the recipient of the Italo Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland.
Shore Lit founder Kerry Folan is a reader, a writer, and a professor of writing and literature at George Mason University. She has been living on the Eastern Shore since 2017 and earnestly believes in the magic of books. She founded Shore Lit with the aim of enhancing local cultural offerings with regular, free author events open to the public.