112th: Terese Svoboda with Helen Benedict

Event date: 
03/19/2024 - 7:00pm

Join us Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Terese Svoboda to celebrate the release of her two newest books, Roxy and Coco and The Long Swim: Stories. Helen Benedict will join in conversation. 

In order to facilitate this in-person author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our Safety guidelines and register for the event using the link below. 


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About Roxy and Coco:

Sisters Roxy and Coco are two glamorous harpies—mythical bird women—attempting to outrun extinction and fix the planet by preventing child abuse, one child at a time.

When Roxy is suddenly attracted to her human supervisor at a social work agency a hundred years too early, Coco is very suspicious. Luring Roxy with his scent, Tim is also on the payroll of a fake conservationist intent on her less-than-legal collection. Coco swoops in to vet Tim, but Interpol is hot on her trail for a series of curious homicides. (Surveillance has a very hard time convincing his boss of what he’s monitoring.) When the sisters find themselves trapped, Chris, a bipolar skateboarding truant, tries his best to rescue them but it’s Stewie, Coco’s colleague, who turns the story inside out. Roxy and Coco climaxes at a gala of egg fanciers who scramble to escape the harpies’ talons.

Action figure–worthy, for readers of Neil Gaiman and Karen Russell, this modern take on these fabled women touches on mental illness, racism, animal rights, and the rights of children.

About The Long Swim: Stories:

A runaway circus lion haunts a small town where two lovers risk more than their respective marriages. A junket to Cuba and an ambassador’s dalliance with a niece hide dark secrets and political revolution. “I’ve always had a knife,” says the unstable stepson to his parents. Inventive, dark, and absurd, the stories in The Long Swim capture Terese Svoboda’s clear-eyed, wry angle on the world: a place of violence and uncertainty but also wild beauty, adventure, and love both lasting and ephemeral. Her characters strive for escape—through romance, travel, or more self-destructive pursuits—and collide with the constraints of family and home, their longing for freedom and autonomy often at odds with the desire for safety and harmony.

Cynical, irreverent, and formally daring, Svoboda’s stories in The Long Swim are a deft exploration of womanhood and humanity. Waves of provocation and wonder toss the reader and leave them wanting more.

Author of 21 books of poetry, fiction, stories, memoir, biography, and translation, Guggenheim recipient Terese Svoboda is celebrating the publication of two books this year: The Long Swim, winner of the Juniper Prize, and the novel Roxy and Coco. Last year she published the novel Dog on Fire, and next year, her second memoir, Hitler and My Mother-in-Law.

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven novels, including Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press), Sand Queen, and The Edge of Eden (both from SoHo Press) She has been called “one of our most thoughtful and provocative writers of war literature,” by David Abrams, author of Fobbit. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago and New York public libraries. Wolf Season received a starred review in Library Journal, which called it "a book that deserves the widest attention." Sand Queen was named a “Best Contemporary War Novel” by Publishers Weekly. In her fiction and numerous works of non-fiction, she has been writing about refugees and war for years, including the non-fiction, Map of Hope and Sorrow Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece, published in 2022 by Footnote Press. A recipient of the 2021 PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the Women's Political Caucus, Benedict is also the author of The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. Her writings inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of those sexually assaulted in the military and the 2012 Oscar- nominated documentary, The Invisible War. For more information, visit www.helenbenedict.com.

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
Roxy and Coco: A Novel By Terese Svoboda Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959000068
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Published: West Virginia University Press - February 1st, 2024

The Long Swim: Stories (Juniper Prize for Fiction) By Terese Svoboda Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625348074
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - March 1st, 2024

The Good Deed By Helen Benedict Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636281124
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 9th, 2024

Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece By Helen Benedict, Eyad Awwadawnan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781804440018
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Published: Footnote Press - October 18th, 2022