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STORIES ON SUNDAY: Lara Lillibridge (The Truth About Unringing Phones)

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT

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Join us for a reading and conversation with Lara Lillbridge, author of the new collection The Truth About Unringing Phones: Essays on Yearning. Lara will share excerpts from book and, interspersed with the readings will be a conversation with Hippocampus Magazine founder/publisher Donna Talarico. We’ll talk about things like:

  • How to decide the order of essays in a collection
  • When/how to change already-published essays to fit the collection
  • Using real names vs. aliases when writing about family
  • The hybrid elements in this collection, whether sketches, charts or unique forms
  • Writing multiple books with overlapping themes/characters/life events
  • Self-preservation of writer-Lara while writing about the self-preservation of character-Lara
  • And more — because there will be plenty of time for audience questions at the end!

About the Book: When Lara was four years old, her father moved from Rochester, New York, to Anchorage, Alaska, a distance of over 4,000 miles. She spent her childhood chasing after him, flying a quarter of the way around the world to tug at the hem of his jacket. Now that he is in his eighties, she contemplates her obligation to an absentee father.

The Truth About Unringing Phones (March 2024; Unsolicited Press) is an exploration of responsibility and culpability told in experimental and fragmented essays. ​

About the Series: Stories on Sundays are bi-monthly readings from a recent/forthcoming work of creative nonfiction followed by an author interview + audience Q&A. Your registration helps fund our contributor payments and other costs associated with running our journal.

About Our Speaker

Headshot of Author Lara LillibridgeAll of our Stories on Sunday authors have a connection to Hippocampus Magazine. Lara Lillibridge (she/they) is a past contributor who has since joined our team as interviews editor. A champion for other writers, Lara also won our inaugural Literary Citizen of the Year award presented at HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers. She also has a chapter in our own craft anthology, Getting to The Truth, which is about blending genres and getting experimental with your CNF.

In addition to her new collection, Lara is the author of Mama, Mama, Only Mama: An Irreverent Guide for the Newly Single Parent; Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home, and she is co-editor of the anthology, Feminine Rising.


March 17
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
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