Books & Brews, February 13 & 14, 2018

Jan 22, 2018

Come out, enjoy a beer and explore the monstrous...

WMRA’s February Books & Brews features author Sofia Samatar discussing her book, Monster Portraits, a series of fictional diary entries which explore concepts of... and reactions to... the monstrous.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet. (This is a new partnership and new location for Books & Brews!)

With both Books & Brews locations, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

No tickets are required for either event.

Monster Portraits is a collaboration between writer Sofia Samatar and her brother, illustrator Del Samatar and it investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. It offers the fictional record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of Somali-American children growing up in the 1980s. Monster Portraits resonates in a world obsessed with the Other, using captivating nomenclature, fiction, art, and essay to examine society’s damaging desire to define and divide. The monstrous never looked so simultaneously haunting and familiar.

 Sofia Samatar is an Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University, and serves as a nonfiction and poetry editor for Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts. In 2013, she published the award-winning fantasy novel A Stranger in Olondria.