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Queer Book Club - BIOGRAPHY OF X

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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The Queer Book Club at Lost City Books in Washington D.C. is gearing up for an enthralling discussion on Thursday, May 9th at 7 pm, when they'll dive into Catherine Lacey's latest novel Biography of X. This genre-bending literary masterpiece chronicles the life and secrets of a notorious, iconoclastic artist known only as X through the eyes of her grieving widow CM. As CM obsessively researches to write X's biography, she unravels a Pandora's box of shocking betrayals and destruction that force her to question everything she thought she knew about her late wife. What makes this book a compelling choice is how Lacey blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction, crafting a suspenseful, intellectual adventure that takes readers across divided territories of an alternate-history fascist America as well as through X's collaborations and feuds with real cultural icons like David Bowie and Susan Sontag. The novel is enhanced by Lacey's innovative inclusion of original images assembled by the fictional CM. Attendees can look forward to dissecting Biography of X's thought-provoking exploration of grief, the fallibility of how we construct our narratives, the sacrifices we make for art, and the lengths we go for love. With its genre-blending form, compelling mystery surrounding X's life and defining artistic project, as well as its timely themes around authoritarianism and ideological divides, Biography of X is sure to spark a lively, insightful discussion. This represents a rare opportunity for D.C.'s literary community to delve into one of 2024's most original and critically acclaimed novels. Whether you're a longtime Lacey fan or simply someone seeking your next immersive reading experience, the Queer Book Club's evening with Biography of X promises an engaging, multifaceted evening you won't want to miss.

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