Join us for an evening of conversation celebrating the paperback launch of Szilvia Molnar's debut novel, THE NURSERY, with Carrie Fountain, Caroline Wright, and Katie Bender. All tickets include a reserved seat and a copy of THE NURSERY; VIP tickets also come with a drink from our cafe.
THE NURSERY is a "brilliant...essential and surprisingly thrilling book about motherhood" (The New York Times) and the early postpartum days, following a woman struggling with maternal fear and its looming madness and showing how difficult and fragile those days can be—and how vital love is to pull anyone out from the dark. A New York Times Notable Book of the year, translations of THE NURSERY are forthcoming in eight languages.
Szilvia Molnar is the foreign rights director at a New York-based literary agency and author of a chapbook called Soft Split. Szilvia is from Budapest and was raised in Sweden. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Carrie Fountain is a poet, novelist, and children’s book author. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Life, Instant Winner, and Burn Lake, winner of the National Poetry Series Award, and the novel I’m Not Missing. Her children’s book, The Poem Forest, tells the story of poet W.S. Merwin and the palm forest he grew from scratch on the island of Maui. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review and The New Yorker, among others. In 2019, Fountain was named Poet Laureate of Texas. She lives in Austin.
Caroline Wright dances across her large abstract paintings, bringing music and movement into the visual field. She encourages artists to take up space, explore deeply, and make a living with their art. As a new mother of two, Wright now considers the revolutionary and subversive potential in caretaking, creating, and talking openly about the mess that makes us. Wright was born and raised in Austin, studied in Rhode Island (Brown), Chicago (SAIC), and Italy, and lived in an artist’s squat in Paris, before returning to her hometown.
Katie Bender (she/her/hers) is a playwright, performer and theater maker. Her plays include Judith, SHE WOLF, The Survivors/Los Sobrevivientes, Instructions for a Séance and Howling, Texas. Katie’s work has been developed and produced all over the country. She was a Jerome Fellow and is thrilled to be returning as a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center. She received her M.F.A from The University of Texas.
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required for entry, but ticket holders get first priority for seating.