Join us for a reading and signing with Sharon Harrigan, memoirist, writing teacher and author of Playing with Dynamite. She will be in conversation with writer Arielle Bernstein.
Sharon Harrigan’s father was larger than life, a brilliant, but troubled man who blew off his hand with dynamite before she was born and died in a mysterious accident when she was seven. His death never made sense, but she knew that asking about it was dangerous. Playing with Dynamite is about a daughter who goes looking for her father but finds her mother instead. It’s about the slipperiness of memory, the necessity of grief, and what it means to go home again.
Sharon Harrigan’s work has appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Virginia Quarterly Review, and Narrative. She received the Joyce Horton Johnson Award from Key West Literary Seminar and the Kinder Award from Pleaides, as well as fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Hambidge. She teaches memoir writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Arielle Bernstein is a DC based writer whose work has been published in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The Guardian, Salon, and RogerEbert.com, among other publications. She teaches writing at American University and edits TORCH at The Rumpus.