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The Art of Reading Book Club featuring K.M. Szpara

Registration not required, but encouraged. Click here to register through Eventbrite.

Join Baltimore author K.M. Szpara and Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, 300-1400 CE, as they discuss Spzara’s newly released book First, Become Ashes and the shared themes of monsters, and magic as they appear in Szpara’s novel and the Walters collection. Following the talk, participants can join a breakout group to discuss themes in the book; reading the book is not a prerequisite for participation. 

This program is a collaboration between the Walters Art Museum and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. He is the author of the novel Docile and "Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time," a Hugo and Nebula nominated novelette about a gay trans man who's bitten by a vampire. More of his fiction can be found in venues such as Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Shimmer. You can find himme on Twitter at @KMSzpara.

Content Warning: First, Become Ashes contains explicit sadomasochism and sexual content, as well as abuse and consent violations, including rape.

Learn more about First, Become Ashes and purchase your copy from the Ivy Bookstore here

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Book Discussions, Writers LIVE!, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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