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Jia Tolentino Reading

February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books

The Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing presents acclaimed essayist and NYT bestselling author Jia Tolentino. A staff writer for the New Yorker, Tolentino will read from her renowned debut collection, Trick Mirror, and discuss her essays on modern culture during a Q&A.  

"It isn't hyperbolic to say that New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time--writing about feminism, vaping, popular music, religion, and sexual assault with equal amounts of ease and insight. In her debut essay collection, the writer unveils nine new pieces that help cement her place in the essayist canon. She's an expert in the sweet spot where contemporary politics and youth culture meet and make out." --Vulture

Raised in Texas, she studied at the University of Virginia before serving in Kyrgyzstan in the Peace Corps and receiving her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She was a contributing editor at The Hairpin and the deputy editor at Jezebel, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Grantland, Pitchfork, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.