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WORD Presents Madeline Miller for CIRCE

    06/21/2018 - 7:30pm

    We're delighted to welcome Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles, to WORD Brooklyn for an evening of light refreshment and conversation on her latest novel Circe, a spell-binding and profoundly imaginative retelling of the goddess's story. 

    About the book

    In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

    Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

    But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

    With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

    About the Author

    Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for more than fifteen years. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.

    The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianWall Street JournalLapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. 

    About the In Conversation Partner

     

    Rachel Syme is a writer and cultural critic living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, T, The New Republic (where she is the TV Critic), Elle, Marie Claire, and several other publications. She is a three-time winner of the Perfumed Plume Award for Fragrance Journalism, and she has appeared on NPR, The Sunday Long Read, and The Longform Podcast. She is finishing up her first book, a nonfiction work about a love affair in the 1930s, for Random House.

    Please note there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good towards anything in store at WORD, including Circe. Please note that if you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission. 

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    CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) Cover Image
    $27.00
    ISBN: 9780316556347
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

    "A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller "manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).


    $5.00
    SKU: circevoucher

    $5 admission to see Madeline Miller at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 at WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including Circe. Please note that if you purchase a copy of Circe from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.