Melissa Faliveno in Conversation With Melissa Febos

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm


Catch Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland (from Mount Horeb & Madison WI, now living in Brooklyn, NYC), in conversation with Melissa Febos through an online event hosted by A Room of One's Own!  This event is for you if you are a fan of memoir, essays, Midwestern narratives, queerness, explorations of gender and class, Melissa Febos, and/or kink. Surprise: Room's co-owner, Gretchen Treu, is interviewed in this book!

Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, Tomboyland navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. From F5 tornadoes and fast-pitch softball to gun culture, strange glacial terrains, kink party potlucks, and the question of motherhood TOMBOYLAND asks curious and critical questions about belonging and the body, isolation and community, and what we mean when we use words like woman, family, and home.

Melissa Faliveno is a writer, editor, teacher, and Wisconsinite in New York City. The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, her essays and interviews have appeared in Esquire, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, Isthmus, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Midwestern Gothic, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays. She has also profiled USWNT star Megan Rapinoe and musicians Valerie June and Jason Isbell. Melissa has taught nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Catapult, and starting this fall will be the 2020-2021 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Tomboyland is her first book.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me. She is the winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary, The Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the recipient of fellowships and prizes from MacDowell, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The BAU Institute, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, and others. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Paris Review, The Sun, and The New York Times. Her third book, Girlhood, will be published on March 30, 2021. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.


Melissa Faliveno will be signing and personalizing books so preorder now! In the comment of your order write what you would like the personalization to be. A Room of One's Own is currently closed to the public but you can get your book either by choosing vestibule pickup or shipping at checkout.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
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ISBN: 9781542014182
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Published: Topple Books & Little a - August 1st, 2020

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ISBN: 9781542014199
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Published: Topple Books & Little a - August 1st, 2020