[Zoom Event] The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe with Spectrum Center
"A blistering, brilliant look at friendship and violence, suburbia and class."
Auntie's and Spectrum Center are pleased to present a virtual event for Rufi Thorpe's The Knockout Queen-- a story of two friends reckoning with love and violence in wealthy, suburban California. Rufi will be discussing her book with a member of the Spectrum team.
Please use this link to register for this free event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvceCoqz0jHt2zf-w9-RTGhuKioFgBgHb2
About The Knockout Queen:
Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore--beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael--with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing--lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems. At six foot three, Bunny towers over their classmates. Even as she dreams of standing out and competing in the Olympics, she is desperate to fit in, to seem normal, and to get a boyfriend, all while hiding her father's escalating alcoholism. Michael has secrets of his own. At home and at school Michael pretends to be straight, but at night he tries to understand himself by meeting men online for anonymous encounters that both thrill and scare him. When Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny's futures--and of their friendship. With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Rufi Thorpe has created a tragic and unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection.
About Rufi Thorpe:
Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. She is the author of Dear Fang, with Love and The Girls from Corona del Mar, which was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. A native of California, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons.
About Spectrum Spokane:
Spectrum is a burgeoning nonprofit organization based in Spokane, WA. Spectrum supports the LGBTQIA2S+ population of Eastern Washington by providing resources, engaging in social activism, providing educational workshops, and collaborating with other organizations.
Spectrum is working to open a physical center that will serve as a community hub of social connectedness, health equity resources, arts and culture, as well as a locus of leadership development.
About our moderator:
Sylas (they/them/theirs) is a graduate student of Philosophy at Gonzaga University with interests in critical race theory, queer theory, Marxism, and web development. They have a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas - San Antonio with focuses in Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology. They have enjoyed volunteering with Spokane County Mutual Aid and Spectrum, and look forward to becoming more involved in the concrete steps needed to improve the housing, employment opportunities, food security, health and well-being of LGBTQIA2S+ people in Spokane.
A Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
An InStyle Best Book of the Year
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