Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first groundbreaking novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, Alix Kates Shulman will present a reading from the book on Tuesday, October 7, 6:15 p.m., at New York University’s Fales Library, 3rd floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. The reading is free and open to the public; for further information the public may call (212) 998-2596.
Published in 1972, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen was received with both shock and acclaim. It was one of the first novels to expose the cultural and sexual contradictions of the 1950s from a female perspective and was heralded as an important feminist novel. This year on the 25th anniversary of its publication Penguin is reissuing this classic story of self-discovery with a new introduction by the author.
Alix Kates Shulman moved to New York from Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 20. In the 1960s she became a political activist, feminist and writer and was an early member of the Redstockings, one of the first radical feminist groups. She is the author of three other novels, Burning Questions, On the Stroll and In Every Woman’s Life…; and of a memoir, Drinking the Rain, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has also written two books on the anarchist Emma Goldman and several children’s books.