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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Dana Grigorcea discusses "An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence." She will be joined in conversation by Alta L. Price and Irina Ruvinsky. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

About the book: Victoria has just recently moved from Zurich back to her hometown of Bucharest when the bank where she works is robbed. Put on leave so that she can process the trauma of the robbery, Victoria strolls around town. Each street triggers sudden visions as memories from her childhood under the Ceausescu regime begin to mix with the radically changed city and the strange world in which she now finds herself. As the walls of reality begin to crumble, Victoria and her former self cross paths with the bank robber and a rich cast of characters, weaving a vivid portrait of Romania and one woman’s self-discovery. In her stunning second novel, Swiss-Romanian writer Dana Grigorcea paints a series of extraordinarily colourful pictures. With humor and wit, she describes a world full of myriad surprises where new and old cultures weave together—a world bursting with character and spirit.

About the author: Dana Grigorcea is a Swiss-Romanian essayist, novelist, and children’s book author. Her debut novel, "Baba Rada," won the Swiss Literary Pearl. She lives in Zürich.

About the interlocutor: Alta L. Price runs a publishing consultancy specialized in literature and nonfiction texts on art, architecture, design, and culture. A recipient of the Gutekunst Prize, she translates from Italian and German into English, and is a founding member of Cedilla & Co. She lives in Chicago.

About the interlocutor: Irina Ruvinsky is Associate Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.