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  • Date: February 26
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm PT

CANCELLED: Thalia Field | Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. We hope to reschedule.

In her forthcoming novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction (Solid Objects), Brown professor Thalia Field accomplishes several remarkable things as she blends a massive feat of research—20 years and hundreds of thousands of pages!—and translation (from French) with the study of the history of lab science and animal rights.

A story of exploration of what realism and experimentalism means now, Experimental Animals is partly the story of Claude Bernard, a 19th-century French physiologist and vivisectionist who introduced the scientific method to medicine, and partly the story of his disastrous marriage to Fanny Martin, an animal rights activist avant la lettre.

Field’s latest is “nothing less than a history—gorgeously fictional, purposefully essayistic—of how we got where we are.” – John D’Agata

Made at Hugo House fellows Beryl Clark and Gabrielle Bates will read from Field’s multi-voiced work as well as their own original work for this dynamic book launch.

Praise for Experimental Animals:

“Field’s novel is an experiment which illuminates the history of experimentation; it’s a wise and brilliant work of compassionate destruction.” —Paul La Farge, author of Haussmann, or the Distinction

“A beautiful and thought-provoking collage of a tale of rescued history and a sobering tribute to some of its victims.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Thalia Field is a professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. Experimental Animals is her sixth book. She has published three collections with New Directions: Point and Line (2000), Incarnate: Story Material (2004), and Bird Lovers, Backyard (2010). Her performance novel, Ululu (Clown Shrapnel), was published with Coffee House Press, and she has two collaborations with French author Abigail Lang: A Prank of Georges (Essay Press, 2010) and the forthcoming, Leave to Remain. Before writing books, Thalia worked in theaters in Paris, Berlin, and New York. 

beryl-clarkBeryl Clark writes autobiographical poetry, prose, and cross-genre works. A graduate from the University of Montana with emphases in psychology and creative writing, her work explores queerdom, religion, oppression, families, psychological abnormalities/normalities, feminism, humanism, magical realism, and animal perspectives. Her current project, Dust Mounthead is a novel written as verse.

gabrielle-bates-mahh-headshotGabrielle Bates is a poet and writer from Birmingham, Alabama. After completing her BA at Auburn University, she moved to Seattle, where she serves on the editorial board of two literary journals: the Seattle Review and Broadsided Press. Recently, Gabrielle’s awards include a scholarship to Bread Loaf and 1st Place in Gigantic Sequins‘ Poetry Comic Contest. She is an Indiana Review Poetry Prize finalist, Awesome Foundation grant recipient, and her work is published or forthcoming in Best of the Net 2015, Missouri Review, New South, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. She graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in June 2016.