Jason McBride, a Toronto-based journalist and the author of Eat Your Mind, the 2022 biography of the pioneering experimental novelist Kathy Acker, will explore the challenges of the form in a free public presentation Thursday, Nov. 30.
Titled “Autobiography, Autofiction, Autoeroticism,” the lecture is hosted by the Humanities Research Group.
“My talk will focus on the challenges of writing a biography of a figure like Acker, who refuses ideas of coherent subjectivity in her work — and life — while also compulsively, perpetually mining her biography for that work,” McBride says.
“I’ll touch on how Acker prefigured some of the most popular autofictional writers of the moment, why autofiction continues to be such a compelling microgenre, and where it might be going next.”
The event will start at 5 p.m. in the SoCA Armouries Performance Hall, 37 University Ave. East.