WATCH: Lynn Melnick and Hafizah Augustus Geter Talk All Things Dolly Parton
Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore
Greenlight hosts author and poet Lynn Melnick to celebrate her new memoir, I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive.
When everything fell apart for Lynn, she went to Dollywood. In this bracing memoir, “beyond mere tribute, and beyond biography” (Hanif Abdurraqib), Melnick explores Dolly Parton’s dual identities as feminist icon and objectified sex symbol—identities that reflect the author’s own fraught history with rape culture and the grueling effort to reclaim her voice in the wake of loss and trauma.
Hafizah Augustus Geter, author of the new memoir The Black Period, joins Melnick or an evening of reading, conversation, and all things Dolly Parton.
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