Erin Hosier: Don’t Let Me Down with Tanya Marquardt
Where: Books Are Magic
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A fierce, vivid memoir about a father-daughter relationship steeped in God, rebellion, and the Beatles.
Erin Hosier’s coming-of-age was full of contradiction. Born into the turbulent 1970s, she was raised in rural Ohio by lapsed hippies who traded 1960s rock ‘n’ roll for 1950s-era Christian hymns. Her mother’s newfound faith was rooted in a desire to manage her husband’s mood swings, which could alternately fill the house with music or with violence.
All the while, Jack was larger than life to his adoring daughter. Full of conflict, their complex relationship set the tone for three decades of Erin’s relationships with men; the Beatles provided the soundtrack. Jack bonded with Erin over their iconic songs, even as they inspired her to question authority—both his and others’.
Don’t Let Me Down is about a brave girl trying to navigate family secrets and tragedies and escape from small-town small-mindedness. It is a searing and often funny exploration of how women first see themselves through the lens of a parent’s love, and of the ties that bind us to our childhood heroes, who ultimately lead us to ask that most profound of questions: Is love really all you need?
Erin Hosier is the coauthor of Patty Schemel’s Hit So Hard and is a literary agent with Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner. She lives in Brooklyn.
Tanya Marquardt is a writer and performer from Vancouver, BC and Brooklyn, New York. Her debut STRAY: Memoirs of a Runaway was published by Little A in September, 2018, and her performance work has been presented at PuSh, Mabou Mines, Brooklyn Museum, BAX, and The Collapsable Hole, among others. Her play Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, about being a sleep talker, was the subject of NPRs Invisibila podcast. Tanya received her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Hunter College.Buy tickets/get more info now