East City Bookshop welcomes Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman with her memoir Sounds Like Titanic, the gripping, captivating, and unforgettable story of Hindman's experience performing as a fake violinist, in conversation with Tayla Burney.
About Sounds Like Titanic:
A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography
"Deliciously bizarre and utterly American.…[A] Coen brothers movie come to life.…I couldn't put it down." —Caitlin Doughty, best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
Sounds Like Titanic tells the unforgettable story of how Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman became a fake violinist. Struggling to pay her college tuition, Hindman accepts a dream position in an award-winning ensemble that brings ready money. But the ensemble is a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are off while the music—which sounds suspiciously like the soundtrack to the movie Titanic—blares from a hidden CD player. Hindman, who toured with the ensemble and its peculiar Composer for four years, writes with unflinching candor and humor about her surreal and quietly devastating odyssey. Sounds Like Titanic is at once a singular coming-of-age memoir about the lengths to which one woman goes to make ends meet and an incisive articulation of modern anxieties about gender, class, and ambition.
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman has “performed” on PBS, QVC, and at concert halls worldwide. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Brevity, and Hippocampus. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English from the University of North Texas. She teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University and lives in Newport, Kentucky.
Tayla Burney is an avid reader and sometimes writer who has done work for The Washington Post, Kirkus, The Washington Independent Review and other outlets. A supporter of local independent bookstores, she writes a weekly newsletter called 'Get Lit, D.C.' which is a roundup of literary events in happening in and around D.C. She has worked in public radio for over a decade.