March 11, 2008 – Nicola Griffith: “Experiments in Fiction”

Tuesday, March 11 / 4 PM / Humanities 210

Nicola Griffith, whose novels include Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place (1998), Stay (2002), and Always (2007), is a genre-bending author, native of Yorkshire, activist, and recipient of the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She has also authored myriad works of non-fiction, including a memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer’s Early Life (Payseur & Schmidt, 2007), which takes the form of a multi-media box and has been described by Gary Wolfe as “a do-it-yourself Nicola Griffith home assembly kit.” Griffith’s novels focus on issues that cross and disarticulate the boundaries of “lesbian” and “woman,” as well as “science fiction” and “crime fiction”; their concerns foreground disparate nodes of connection and disconnection: “the world, the body, and how the two interact; the nature of self, the notion of forgiveness and change; physical joy; biological, cultural, and psychological systems, and so on.” Her talk will consist of a short reading of new work, a speculative and interactive reading of what she terms her “hynogogic” writing, audience questions, her questions, and her answers.

For more information contact Mary Weaver, mweaver@ucsc.edu.

Sponsored by the Science Studies Research Cluster