VIRTUAL: Maria Adelmann (How to be Eaten) In Conversation With Kate Bernheimer

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As of Tuesday, May 31st, this event is now taking place at 7 PM instead of 6 PM. 

Bank Square Books and Belmont Books present a virtual author talk with Maria Adelmann in conversation with Kate Bernheimer for the new book, How to be Eaten. 

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here!

How To Be Eaten CoverAbout the Book

The truth is, when the fairytale ends the PTSD arrives, but nobody sticks around for that part. So where are our heroines now? In a dingy New York City basement support group, sitting on plastic chairs with coffee in styrofoam cups. Dark, edgy, and wickedly funny, this debut takes our coziest, most beloved childhood stories, exposes them as anti-feminist nightmares, and transforms them into a new kind of myth for grown-up women. Maria Adelmann’s ferociously imaginative take on “where they are now” is most certainly not the bedtime story your mother read to you; she has given new strength and dimension to these girls of folklore, throwing readers into the dark aftermath that these women persist in.

Little Red Riding Hood isn’t so little anymore. And her name is Ruby. She can be spotted sweating on New York City streets and subways, donning a fur jacket from shoulders to ankles at all times.

Gretel doesn’t share so much. She is quiet and thin, side-effects of a traumatic childhood and overly-sensitive teeth. Her brother no longer corroborates her story. She knows how ridiculous it sounds; a house made of candy, and an old woman no one can find a trace of. But she also knows, in her teeth and in her bones, that it was real.

Ashlee should be the happiest girl in the world. She is recently engaged – you may have caught it on the season finale of America’s favorite reality TV show. But upon arrival at her new beau’s home, she is met with boxers, beers, and an xbox. Is this the fairytale she was promised?

About Maria Adelmann

Maria Adelmann is the author of the short story collection GIRLS OF A CERTAIN AGE, which explores the many impossible choices of modern girl and womanhood. Her work has been published by Tin House, n+1, Electric Literature, McSweeney's Internet TendencyThe Threepenny Review, the Indiana Review, Epoch, AQR, MQR, and many others, and has been selected by The Best American Short Stories as a distinguished story. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @ink176. HOW TO BE EATEN is her first novel.

About Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer is author of the story collections How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales and Horse, Flower, Bird, and editor of four anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and World Fantasy Award finalist xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths. With Laird Hunt, she co-authored the novel Office at Night; with Andrew Bernheimer, she co-authored the design book Fairy Tale Architecture. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, and Japanese. 

*photo credit for Kate Bernheimer's photo goes to "The University of Arizona Poetry Center"

How to Be Eaten: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316450843
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022


Named a Best Book of May by TIME Magazine & Glamour 

This darkly funny and provocative novel reimagines classic fairy tale characters as modern women in a support group for trauma.

In present-day New York City, five women meet in a basement support group to process their traumas.

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths Cover Image
By Kate Bernheimer (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143122425
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:00pm