The Brand New Catastrophe: Mike Scalise & Kaitlyn Greenidge

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm

Mike Scalise launches his award-winning memoir The Brand New Catastrophe in conversation with celebrated novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman). With complimentary beverages sponsored by the publisher, Sarabande Books. 

About The Brand New Catastrophe 
Raucous family memoir meets medical adventure in this heartfelt, hilarious book exploring the public and private theaters of illness. After a tumor bursts in Mike Scalise’s brain, leaving him with a hole in the head and malfunctioning hormones, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, becomes a complicated model as she competes with him for the status of "best sick person.” Winner of the Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award, The Brand New Catastrophe is a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

About the authors

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, Wall Street Journal, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn.

“A very funny book about the frailties of the flesh, the absurdities of modern medicine, and how to stay sane amid it all. Scalise’s voice is fantastically entertaining, unfailingly honest.”
—Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King and Heroes of the Frontier

“Mike Scalise’s The Brand New Catastrophe is a funny and clear-eyed view on illness, family, obligation and gigantism. It asks what we owe those we love and what we owe ourselves in moments of crisis. It’s a jokey, melancholy, and deeply thoughtful love letter to the pains and pleasures of having a body that sometimes goes wrong. I loved it and you will, too.”
—Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman

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