Variously described as macabre, erotic, comic and caustic, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties has become a literary sensation since its release. Blending science fiction, queer theory and horror, the provocative short story collection maps the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. One of the most discussed authors of the Festival, she sits down with Amelia Lush to talk about an electrifying debut that navigates difficult terrain with verve and panache.

Carmen Maria Machado (International)

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Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation and Yaddo. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Amelia Lush (Australian)

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Amelia Lush is the manager of Better Read Than Dead in Newtown, Sydney and has been working in bookstores for nearly a decade. In 2016, she was named the Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year, and in 2014 won the Elizabeth Reilly Fellowship for Children's Bookselling.