Susan Harlan presents Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables

What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family's cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One's Own brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design reporting. English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by reimagining its subject as famous fictional homes and "interviews" the residents who reveal their true tastes: Lady Macbeth's favorite room in the castle, or the design inspiration behind Jay Gatsby's McMansion of unfulfilled dreams. Featuring 30 entries of notable dwellings, sidebars such as "Setting Up an Ideal Governess's Room," and four-color spot illustrations throughout, Decorating a Room of One's Own is the ideal book for readers who appreciate fine literature and a good end table.

This book is an expansion of the column “Great House Therapy” for The Toast, which won the Mark Twain House and Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest last year.

Susan Harlan is an associate professor of English literature at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and a writer whose work has appeared in the Guardian US, the Toast,Roads & KingdomsMcSweeney's Internet TendencyLiterary HubJezebelCurbed, the Hairpin, the Establishment, the Common, and the Awl.

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Event date: 
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Malaprops Books/cafe