Avid Bookshop is thrilled to celebrate our dear friend Sabrina Orah Mark's memoir in essays, Happily, at a book party on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Ciné's Lab in downtown Athens, Georgia.
The literary tradition of the fairy tale has long endured as the vehicle by which we interrogate the laws of reality. These fantastical stories, populated with wolves, kings, and wicked witches, have throughout history served as a template for understanding culture, society, and that muddy terrain we call our collective human psyche. In Happily, Sabrina Orah Mark reimagines the modern fairy tale, turning it inside out and searching it for the wisdom to better understand our contemporary moment in what Mark so incisively calls “this strange American weather.”
Sabrina Orah Mark is an award-winning fiction writer and poet, who has written the column “Happily” for The Paris Review since 2018. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mark earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the poetry collections Tsim Tsum, and The Babies (winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize). Her collection of stories, Wild Milk, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Short Story and was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. Mark’s accomplishments include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center, and a Creative Capital Award. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.
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