Decorating a Room of One’s Own, Reading: Susan Harlan

Nov 8, 7pm - 8pm

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What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family’s cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested moorland farmhouse? English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by reimagining its subject as famous fictional homes and “interviews” the residents who reveal their true tastes: Lady Macbeth’s favorite room in the castle, or the design inspiration behind Jay Gatsby’s McMansion of unfulfilled dreams. “Decorating a Room of One’s Own is an ideal book for readers who appreciate literature and a good end table,” Abrams Inc. 2018. 

Susan Harlan’s humor writing has appeared in venues including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Awl, The Billfold, Avidly, and Queen Mob's Tea House, and she won the Mark Twain House and Museum’s Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest in 2017. Her book Decorating a Room of One’s Own began as a column entitled "Great House Therapy" for The Toast. She teaches English literature at Wake Forest University.

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