September 25, 2016 posted by Unity Wellington

Book Launch | Mansfield and Me by Sarah Laing | Thursday 6th October 6pm | Unity Books

Book Launch | Mansfield and Me by Sarah Laing | Thursday 6th October 6pm | Unity Books



Unity Books & Victoria University Press
warmly invites you to the launch of
Sarah Laing’s new graphic memoir

Mansfield and Me

on Thursday 6 October, 6pm–7.30pm
at Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington

Katherine Mansfield is a literary giant in New Zealand—but she had to leave the country to become one. She wrote, ‘Oh to be a writer, a real writer.’ And a real writer she was, until she died at age 34 of tuberculosis. The only writer Virginia Woolf was jealous of, Mansfield hung out with the modernists, lost her brother in World War I, dabbled in Alistair Crowley’s druggy occult gatherings and spent her last days in a Fontainebleau commune with Olgivanna, Frank Lloyd Wright’s future wife. She was as famous for her letters and diaries as for her short stories. Sarah Laing wanted to be a real writer, too. A writer as famous as Katherine Mansfield, but not as tortured. Mansfield and Me charts her journey towards publication and parenthood against Mansfield’s dramatic story, set in London, Paris, New York and New Zealand. Part memoir, part biography, part fantasy, it examines how our lives connect to those of our personal heroes.

“Sarah Laing’s gorgeous, playful drawings and self-deprecating humour lightly mask a complex meditation on writing, celebrity and the conscious construction of self. A very New Zealand coming-of-age story: brilliant, funny, thoughtful and smart.”

– Dylan Horrocks, author of Hicksville and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.

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