SAVOY: Vikki Warner (Tenemental) in Conversation with Sonya Huber

Savoy Bookshop & Cafe presents an author talk and book signing with Rhode Island author Vikki Warner for the book Tenemental, in conversation with writer and professor Sonya Huber. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book

Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, twenty-six-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to home ownership and buys a run-down three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island. Suddenly, she's responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants, and adulthood means exploding plumbing, gentrification, and navigating the 2008 market crash with no blueprint. Told with grit and good humor, this debut memoir is a candid exploration into how sharing space profoundly reshapes our lives and forces us to grow into ourselves. 

"Refreshingly original reading." —Kirkus Reviews

Tenemental is the story of a woman and her ‘ruthless muse’ of a house, but more than anything it's the incredibly raw, touching, and laugh-out-loud story of a woman figuring out how to get by in the world while doing as little harm to it as possible, an ode to the messiness of life.” —Emma Ramadan, co-owner of Riffraff Bookstore and Bar

“Vikki Warner’s memoir is wry, smart, personal, and pretty damn punk rock in its story about home, property, and life as a semi-together feminist twentysomething trying to balance utopian visions of community, friendship, and romance with the harsh realities of crappy tenants, a dilapidated Victorian, and those brutal New England winters.”  —Kate Schatz, author of Rad Women Worldwide

Tenemental is an unflinching love letter to a city, a neighborhood, and the notion that staying can be a good thing. Cheers to Vikki Warner, whose tenacious and inspiring coming-of-age story gives voice to a new generation of independent women and grown-ass boss ladies.” —Margot Kahn, coeditor of This is the Place

About the Author

Vikki Warner is an acquisitions editor with Blackstone Audio and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in BUSTThe Boston Globe, and Zagat, among others.

About Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber is an associate professor of creative writing at Fairfield University and director of the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield. She's the author of five books, including the creative nonfiction works Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, as well Pain Woman Takes Your Keys: Essays on Pain and Imagination (all from University of Nebraska Press). Other nonfiction books include The Evolution of Hillary Clinton (Squint 2016) and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (Equinox). Her literary work has appeared in journals including Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth Genre, Passages North, Kaleidoscope, Hotel Amerika and others. She has also published work in periodicals including The New York Times (online), O: The Oprah Magazine,, The Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, In These Times, Sojourner, and Earth Island Journal, and other outlets. More information available at

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
10 Canal Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Tenemental: Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936932214
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Feminist Press - June 12th, 2018

Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, twenty-six-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a downtrodden three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island, and suddenly finds herself responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants. Adulthood comes with unforeseen challenges: backed-up sewage, gentrification, global economic downturn.