Tessa Fontaine at The King's English Bookshop

Tue, Sep 25
  • Presented By: Utah Humanities
  • at: The King's English Bookshop
  • 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Author Tessa Fontaine visits The King's English Bookshop to discuss her new memoir, The Electric Woman, on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM.Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery—through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother.Turns out, one lesson applies to living through illness, keeping the show on the road, letting go of the person you love most, and eating fire:The trick is there is no trick.You eat fire by eating fire.For three years Tessa Fontaine lived in a constant state of emergency as her mother battled stroke after stroke. But hospitals, wheelchairs, and loss of language couldn’t hold back such a woman; she and her husband would see Italy together, come what may. Thus Fontaine became free to follow her own piper, a literal giant inviting her to “come play” in the World of Wonders, America’s last traveling sideshow. How could she resist?Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut, an iBooks favorite, and more. She spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, LitHub, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], Brevity, and more.​This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and The King's English Bookshop.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Utah Humanities
  • Dates: September 25, 2018
  • Location: The King's English Bookshop
  • Address: 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM

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