- Winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals like Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and childrearing. Nelson’s insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry for this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.
“A fiercely provocative and intellectually audacious memoir. . . . The author turns the whole process and concept of motherhood inside out, exploring every possible perspective, blurring the distinctions among the political, philosophical, aesthetic and personal. . . . A book that will challenge readers as much as the author has challenged herself.”—Kirkus (starred review)
Graywolf at 45: Minneapolis Literary Gala
Celebrate Graywolf's forty-five years of adventurous publishing and welcome our biggest literary stars to our home town
The 2019 Graywolf Literary Gala will feature Eula Biss (On Immunity; Notes from No Man's Land), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts; The Red Parts), and Claudia Rankine (Citizen; The White Card) with introductions by Danez Smith (Don't Call Us Dead).
Join us for a wonderful evening featuring three authors who embody Graywolf's mission, and enjoy a gourmet appetizer and cocktail reception followed by a seated program with wine, cheese, and desserts. As Graywolf looks back on forty-five years of adventurous publishing, help us celebrate becoming a destination press for some of the most ground-breaking writers of our time.
Tickets on sale starting March 1, 2019. Single tickets are $275, and two or more tickets are $250 each ($75 of each ticket is not tax-deductible). Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000; to learn more, contact Rachel Fulkerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds support Graywolf Press, a nonprofit publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature.
- “So much writing about motherhood makes the world seem smaller after the child arrives, more circumscribed . . . Nelson’s book does the opposite.”—The New York Times Book Review
- “The Argonauts is a moving exploration of family and love, but it’s also a meditation on the seductions, contradictions, limitations, and beauties of being normal, as a person and as an artist.”—The New Yorker
- “Nelson’s vibrant, probing and, most of all, outstanding book is also a philosophical look at motherhood, transitioning, partnership, parenting, and family.”—NPR
- “Nelson’s book is a beautiful, passionate and shatteringly intelligent meditation on what it means not to accept binaries but to improvise an individual life that says . . . yes, and.”—Chicago Tribune