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April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reserve seats now for our May 19 reading with keynote speaker Emma Straub and our June 16 reading with Karina Glaser
For questions, please contact communications@girlswritenow.org


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Emma Cline was the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize in 2014. She is from California.

The Girls is the story of Evie, a woman who is haunted by the summer of 1969, when she was a lonely fourteen-year- old growing up in Northern California. One day she sees a girl at a park, a girl with a gang of other girls who seem free and alive. She is mesmerized by them, Suzanne in particular. She is quickly drawn into their soon-to- be infamous cult and meets the man who is its charismatic leader. As her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

When Emma Cline read Helter Skelter as a teenager she wasn’t interested in Manson but was fascinated by the girls themselves. Girls who looked like people she knew. Cline grew up with four sisters. She describes that time in their house as a never-ending adolescence.Cline knew she wanted to write about young girls as they start to experience power for the first time in their lives, with no real understanding of how to use it or what it means—how that desire to be seen and known makes you vulnerable. In her debut novel, Cline perfectly captures the voice of an adolescent girl who is desperate to be accepted—the girl who cannot let go of that person who first noticed her. With razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight, The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction—and an unforgettable portrait of girls, and of the women they become.“Girls Write Now is doing deeply important work — young women, now more than ever, must claim their own stories.” — Emma Cline

For over 120 years, Pen and Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in the literary and visual arts. Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. We encourage and mentor our writers and artists, and aim to expose the stereotypes and misconceptions that perpetuate gender-based exclusion, lack of recognition, and the devaluation of skill that is still experienced by women in the arts. We believe this approach will have a tangible and positive impact on the careers of working artists and writers and, ultimately, will secure a more comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in their respective canons. At Pen and Brush, we believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit – not judged by the gender of the maker.


April 21, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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