Randall Library and the Department of Creative Writing are thrilled to welcome Gwendolyn Knapp (MFA 2006) back to campus as our featured writer for Thirsty Tome 2015. Knapp will read from and discuss her debut memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It - A Tale of Family Clutter (Gotham Books 2015).
About the book:
A vibrant new voice ups the self-deprecating memoir ante with tragicomic tales of her dysfunctional life in swampland Florida and America’s Big Easy.
A dive bar palm reader who calls herself the Disco Queen Taiwan; a best friend with a deformed baklava; and Betty, the middle-aged Tales of the Cocktail volunteer who soils her pants on a party bus and is dealt with in the worst possible way. These are just a few of the unforgettable characters who populate Gwendolyn Knapp’s hilarious and heartbreaking—yet ultimately uplifting—memoir debut, After a While You Just Get Used to It.
Growing up in a dying breed of eccentric Florida crackers, Knapp thought she had it rough—what with her pack rat mother, Margie; her aunt Susie, who has fewer teeth than prison stays; and Margie’s bipolar boyfriend, John. But not long after Knapp moves to New Orleans, Margie packs up her House of Hoarders and follows along. As if Knapp weren’t struggling enough to keep herself afloat, with odd jobs and trying to find love while suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, the thirty-year-old realizes that she’s never going to escape her family’s unendingly dysfunctional drama. Like bestselling authors Jenny Lawson, Laurie Notaro, and Julie Klausner before her, Knapp bares her sad and twisted life for readers everywhere to enjoy.
About the author:
Gwendolyn Knapp holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse and Quarterly West, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Southeast Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, and Narrative.ly. She also had a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays 2013. Knapp lives in New Orleans, where her mother also relocated in 2010, along with tons of her junk. www.gwendolynknapp.com
About Thirsty Tome:
Thirsty Tome is an annual event celebrating the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in our community and is a part of UNCWelcome Week activities. This year's event will include an introduction of Gwendolyn Knapp by American author and UNCW Creative Writing Professor Clyde Edgerton; a conversation with Knapp conducted by novelist and UNCW Creative Writing Professor Robert Anthony Siegel; a book signing provided by Pomegranate Books; readings by current MFA Creative Writing students; followed by refreshments and a reception.
Join us Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor. All our welcome.*
*Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Christopher Rhodes, 910-962-7474 or rhodesc [at] uncw.edu at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.