Hybrid Book Launch | Radium Girl: Celeste Lipkes in conversation with Joanna Pearson

Image shows headshots of Celeste Lipkes and Joanna Pearson and the cover image for Lipkes' book, Radium Girl.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:00pm

This is a hybrid event, meaning there is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats are available to attend the event in-store. The event is free but registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

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The poems in Radium Girl hold dual citizenship in the land of the sick and the kingdom of the well. The point where illusion ends and reality begins is never clear, as Celeste Lipkes evokes saints, magicians, scientists, and caregivers in the process of surviving both medical illness and medical training. Slippery metaphors of rabbits in hats, doves in cages, and elaborate escapes explore the inhabitation of a female body as a kind of powerful and violent performance—where the magician’s trick of cutting a woman in half is never as far away as we’d like.  

Celeste Lipkes is a writer and psychiatrist residing in Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to medical school, she received an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia. 

Joanna Pearson is the author of two short story collections, Now You Know It All (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), chosen by Edward P. Jones for the 2021 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and Every Human Love (Acre Books, 2019).

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Radium Girl By Celeste Lipkes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299341749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - March 1st, 2023

Now You Know It All (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) By Joanna Pearson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822946991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 5th, 2021

SKU: x672389