What is the event about?
Join Kirsten Imani Kasai at the Women's Museum of California to discuss writing as catharsis, using fiction to process trauma, and the mixed (biracial) experience in life and literature. Kirsten will read selections from The House of Erzulie and her memoir-in-progress, The Alchemy of Darkness. It promises to be a fun-filled night of conversation, literature, and interaction with a necessary touch of the Gothic. Tickets are $5
About the Book:
The House of Erzulie tells the eerily intertwined stories of an ill-fated young couple in the 1850s and the troubled historian who discovers their writings in the present day.
Emilie St. Ange, the daughter of a Creole slave-owning family in Louisiana, rebels against her parents’ values by embracing spiritualism, women’s rights, and the abolition of slavery. Isidore, her biracial, French-born husband, is an educated man who is horrified by the brutalities of plantation life and becomes unhinged by an obsessive affair with a notorious New Orleans voudou practitioner.
Emilie’s and Isidore’s letters and journals are interspersed with sections narrated by Lydia Mueller, an architectural historian whose fragile mental health further deteriorates as she reads.
Imbued with a sense of the uncanny and the surreal, The House of Erzulie makes a significant contribution to the literature of the U.S. South, particularly the tradition of the African-American Gothic novel.
About the Author:
Kirsten Imani Kasai is an award-winning novelist, journalist and poet. She’s the proud owner of MagicWordEditingCo.com, which helps writers of all stripes reach their goals and publisher of Body Parts Magazine: The Journal of Horror & Erotica. Kirsten has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is certified in the teaching of Creative Writing. Her fourth novel “The House of Erzulie,” a Gothic tale set 1850s New Orleans, will be published in February 2018 by Shade Mountain Press. Visit her online at KirstenImaniKasai.com.