Why are dead women so central to American culture? It’s a question that, once you see the targets in writer Alice Bolin’s the new debut essay collection Dead Girls, you have to have answered. Bolin will share her piercing insights on Wednesday at Magers & Quinn on everything from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial when she shares her examination of the macabre trope and how it also proves to be a dilemma for women still living. It’s a Can’t Miss reading for lit crit and pop culture fans alike. Wednesday, July 18th, 7 PM. Free.Tracy Oxford

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