SUSAN HARLAN TO DISCUSS NEW BOOK DECORATING A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN AT BOOKMARKS
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 18, 2018)—What was Lady Macbeth’s favorite room in the castle? Where did Jay Gatsby get his design inspiration? These are just a few of the questions that Susan Harlan explores in her new book, Decorating a Room of One’s Own, co-authored with Becca Stadtlander. Harlan will speak on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110 in downtown Winston-Salem. This event is free and open to the public.
Blending the worlds of decoration, design, and literature for a fresh take on the settings in literary classics, Wake Forest University’s own Susan Harlan will discuss her book described as “a wickedly funny house tour through literary classics in which beloved characters open their doors to reveal their interior design choices, inspirations, and secrets.” With conversations about 30 notable dwellings, helpful sidebars, and color illustrations throughout, Decorating a Room of One’s Own is the perfect mashup of classic literature and pop culture.
Harlan is particularly interested in the relationship between place, memory, and objects. Her book Luggage was published in the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons in March 2018. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Guardian US, The Paris Review Daily, The Morning News, The Awl, Curbed, Atlas Obscura, Literary Hub, The Bitter Southerner, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and more. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University and an M.A. in English Renaissance theater history from King’s College London and teaches English at Wake Forest University.
Harlan writes about feminist issues for venues such as Jezebel, Literary Mothers, The Toast, The Feminist Wire, DAME, Skirt!, The Establishment, The Manifest-Station, The South Carolina Review, and more. She also writes satire for venues such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Avidly, Janice, The Synapse, and The Billfold.
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. The programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas to be held September 5–8, 2019; an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 9,000 students annually; and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore that opened July 8, 2017. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.