Author: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore in conversation with CAConrad

Tuesday, 12/8/2020
7:00 - 8:00
Virtual Library

Online Services
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from her new book, The Freezer Door, described by Maggie Nelson as “a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone” and by Oprah Magazine as an “underline-every-sentence compendium of queer desire." After the reading, Sycamore will be joined in conversation by poet and essayist CAConrad, with audience Q&A to follow. 

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of three novels, two nonfiction titles and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her new book, The Freezer Door, will be published by Semiotext(e) in November 2020.

Sycamore’s most recent novel, Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press 2018), was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco (City Lights 2013), won a Lambda Literary Award. And her most recent anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press 2012), was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

Sycamore’s novels include So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008) and Pulling Taffy (Suspect Thoughts 2003). She is the editor of four additional nonfiction anthologies, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal 2007), That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull 2004; 2008), Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving (Haworth 2004; Routledge) and Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write about Their Clients (Haworth 2000; Routledge), which now also appears in Italian (Effepi Libri 2007).

CAConrad is the author of Amanda Paradise (Wave Books, 2021). Their book While Standing in Line for Death won a 2018 Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant as well as a Pew Fellowship in the Arts Award, the Believer Magazine Book Award and the Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City, and at Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books, essays, recordings and the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films) online at


Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - Website | Instagram | Twitter 

CAConrad - Website | Instagram | Twitter 


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