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Chapbook Release Party for Maya Sonenberg’s 26 Abductions

June 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a reading by Maya Sonenberg and showing of art from her new chapbook, 26 Abductions. Following the reading, Sandra Kroupa (Special Collections/Book Arts Librarian at the UW) will conduct a Q&A with Sonenberg.


coverAbout the Book

Lina was once a woman in one piece. Now, she is incised with the words her father, her husband, and her son cannot say—and with the words that replace their absences. Told in twenty-six portions, 26 Abductions offers no avenues of escape. Instead, Sonenberg catalogues the ways in which the body, like a language, attempts to hold the triple blows of childhood, motherhood, and marriage.

Everything in our lives can be taken away, abducted, but the story of your life is how you deal with the loss. Using language and images traced from a turn-of-the-century medical textbook, Sonenberg’s book is innovative, poignant, and will take away everything about literature you thought you knew.


IMG_0723About Maya Sonenberg

Maya Sonenberg is the author of the story collections Cartographies (winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature) and Voices from the Blue Hotel.  More recent fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Web Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, New Ohio Review, The Literarian, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Hotel Amerika, and numerous other journals, both in print and online. 26 Abductions, a chapbook of her prose and drawings, has just been published by The Cupboard. Her writing has received numerous prizes, including grants from the Washington State Arts Commission and King County 4Culture. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Washington.