Sandy Allen: A Kind Of Mirraculas Paradise W/ Ashley Ford
Where: Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
718-246-2665 Price: Free
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Originally published in hardcover last winter, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradiseis Sandy Allen’s rendition of the life story of their uncle Bob, who for years was known to Allen only as the “crazy” hermit who sometimes showed up at family vacations, and who had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. But in 2009, Bob mailed Allen – by then an MFA student in the University of Iowa’s creative nonfiction program – his autobiography. Typewritten in all caps and riddled with errors, the often-incomprehensible manuscript proclaimed to be a “true story” about being “labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic,” and arrived with a plea to help him get his story out into the world.
Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, CNN Opinion, Bon Appétit’s Healthyish and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy writes about constructs of normalcy that enforce hierarchies of power, like madness and gender. Sandy is non-binary trans. Sandy was previously a features editor for BuzzFeed News. They also founded and ran the online-only literary quarterly Wag’s Revue. Originally from Muir Beach, CA, they live in the Catskills. In January, 2018, Scribner published their critically acclaimed debut book, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia. For more, visit www.hellosandyallen.com
Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She’s currently working on her memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, to be published by Flatiron Books under the imprint An Oprah Book. She also hosts the Brooklyn-based news and culture TV show and podcast, 112BK, contributes to CupOfJo.Com, and hosts Fortune Favors The Bold. She maintains a regular blog and Twitter feed.Buy tickets/get more info now