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re:Vision Reading Series Presents ZZ Packer

  • MIT Hayden Library Reading Room 160 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)
Re-vision—the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction—is for women more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival.
— Adrienne Rich

ZZ Packer, author of the acclaimed story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, reads from her novel-in-progress, The Thousands, which chronicles America’s violent history following the Civil War through the eyes of the Buffalo Soldiers—African American infantry and cavalry units who fought during the “Indian campaigns.”

Reception and refreshments will follow. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended:

re:Vision is a reading series of women writers, presented by MIT Women's and Gender Studies and PEN New England. Co-sponsored by CMS/W, MIT Literature, and MIT Libraries.