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  • Date: July 1
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PT

Book Release Party for Elissa Washuta’s Starvation Mode

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Elissa Washuta, a Seattle-based writer and teacher, is celebrating the release of her second book, Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control from Instant Future, an eBook series from Future Tense Books. On July 1, she’ll read from the memoir, answer questions about the book and the writing process, and sign copies of the book. Instant Future editor Matthew Simmons will moderate a Q&A.


In Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control, Washuta crafts a personal accounting of her struggle for culinary control, and presents the guidelines she followed as she attempted to shape her body and mind through the food she consumed.

The book’s seemingly simple structure (a series of rules to eat and live by) contrasts with the powerful way she pulls readers into a complicated story of our needs and the cultural pressures that shape us.

Starvation Mode is 15,000 words, a mini-memoir just made for a single evening’s read.

The book will be available as an eBook on June 16. Pre-order here.

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Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules. Her work has appeared in Salon, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, and elsewhere. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.