Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore with Elissa Washuta
We’re glad to help celebrate the launch of The Freezer Door (Semiotext(e)/Native Agents), Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s Capitol Hill-centric, unclassifiable and fiercely beautiful memoir tonight, virtually hosted by Hugo House. Mattilda has appeared many times on our stage and theirs, as a performer, interlocutor, literary curator and all around troublemaker, and she takes center stage tonight to discuss her new book with Elissa Washuta, currently teaching at the Ohio State University. (Her second book, White Magic, will be published by Tin House in 2021).
“Ferocious and tender, The Freezer Door, offers a complex meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity while claiming to celebrate diversity."
“In a happy paradox common to great literature, it's a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone. I so admire its appetite to get down and dirty, to wield non sequitur with grace and power, to ponder the past while sticking with the present, to quest unceasingly. I stand deeply inspired and instructed by its great wit, candor, inventiveness, and majesty.” - Maggie Nelson.
Matilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of three novels and a memoir, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her latest title, the novel Sketchtasy, was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. She is currently at work on a new anthology, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis.
Signed books are available for purchase!