RESCHEDULED: “THE BEAUTY OF THEIR YOUTH” w/ Joyce Hinnefeld & Carmen Maria Machado

Due to the ongoing public health crisis surrounding COVID19, we unfortunately must reschedule this event. Please keep your eyes on our website and social media for updates! Thank you for your understanding!

About The Beauty of Their Youth:

The five short stories in this collection question the reliability of memory, how our history impinges on our present, or what risks are worth taking, but each captures moments in people’s lives when they are vulnerable:

  • a young woman is swept up in her troubled sister-in-law’s effort to escape an abusive marriage;
  • a middle-aged woman comes to a place of peace after her mother’s passing by finally asking a question she’d never had the courage to voice, of a friend she had never fully acknowledged;
  • a German visitor overstays her welcome in Florida and risks her freedom to feel connected;
  • a painter pushes himself to depict the raw, real truth in an age of absurdism and lies;
  • and a mother seeking a stronger connection to her adult daughter finds it by understanding another’s deepest loss.

"These stories are such a joy; characters so tenderly and sharply rendered, their fates and moods and circumstances so unbearably specific. Hinnefeld has an unmistakable eye for American tensions and contradictions, and here we are asked to grapple with them in all their beauty and heartbreak."—Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties

“In these sharp, smart, and surprising stories, Joyce Hinnefeld brings to life a range of remarkable characters—from a young girl straight out of Carson McCullers’ Member of the Wedding to a German tourist who finds an unexpected home in the swamplands of Florida. Reading this collection, I never knew what was going to happen next, and I loved the experience. This is a wonderful collection by a deeply gifted writer.”—Alix Ohlin, author of Dual Citizens

Joyce Hinnefeld is the author of the short story collection Tell Me Everything (1998; winner of the 1997 Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize in Fiction) and the novels In Hovering Flight (2008) and Stranger Here Below (2010), along with other short stories and essays. Her new story collection, The Beauty of Their Youth, is being released by Wolfson Press/Indiana University South Bend in March. She is a Professor of English at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and the founder and director of the Moravian College Writers’ Conference. Find her online at

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, GrantaHarper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQRConjunctions, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener-Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

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Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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