CAMBRIDGE: Ada Calhoun with Alysia Abbott, Also A Poet

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Ada Calhoun for Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me. “In this fluidly morphing, magnetically candid chronicle… Calhoun offers an arresting and provocative carousel of family dynamics, creative paradoxes, literary history, unnerving dilemmas, thorny questions of inheritance and legacy, wry humor, and love," praises Booklist in one of the four starred reviews Also a Poet has received from various publications. Alysia Abbott, local author and the head of GrubStreet's memoir incubator program, will join the author in conversation.

This event will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm ET at Porter Square Books: Cambridge edition. Masks will be required for all in attendance. RSVPs, while not required, are strongly recommended!

A staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet

When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O'Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started forty years earlier.

As a lifelong O'Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O'Hara's past, but also her father's, and her own.

The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it.

In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind.

Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, and Why We Can’t Sleep. She has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Washington Post.

Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father, an internationally award-winning book published by W.W. Norton. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Guardian, LitHub, WBUR, and the Washington Post, among other places. She currently runs the Memoir Incubator, a one year MFA-level program at GrubStreet in Boston

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me By Ada Calhoun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802159786
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Published: Grove Press - June 14th, 2022