Jenn Shapland’s Thin Skin offers a wrenching, loving and trenchant examination of feminism, nuclear power, healthcare, queerness and American life. We’re delighted to pair her with fellow Yaddo artist Hugh Ryan, whose work explores queer politics, culture and history. Join us for this riveting conversation!

"Shapland explores the porous boundary between the individual and the wider world in these exhilarating essays....This is a gem."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This is a free in-store event with limited amphitheater-style seating. All guests are encouraged to wear masks.

Jenn Shapland’s first book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle Award, among other honors, and has been translated into Spanish, French, and Polish. Shapland has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and she works as an archivist for a visual artist.

Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator, and most recently, the author of The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction and the W.A. Percy Foundation’s William Johansson Award. His first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a New York City Book Award, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Literary Awards. He teaches in the MFA Program at Bennington College.

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Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 82 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 MacArthur Fellowships, 70 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature. Learn more about the impact of Yaddo.

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