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Author Event: Yrsa Daley-Ward
The Swedish American Museum
Chicago, IL
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Author Event: Yrsa Daley-Ward
We are so excited to host Yrsa Daley-Ward for a reading, Q&A, and book-signing for her new book THE TERRIBLE: A STORYTELLER'S MEMOIR.

From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoirpart prose, part verseabout coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family. The Terrible is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happenedeven the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things. Its about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half frightening); and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars.

Its also about the surreal magic of adolescence, about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-gray days of pills and powder and connection. Its about damage and pain, but also joy. Told with raw intensity and shocking honesty, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. She is the author of the bestselling poetry collection, bone. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She splits her time between London and New York.

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The Swedish American Museum (View)
5211 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
United States


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Arts > Literary

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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