Lynne Tillman: Mothercare


Tuesday 9th May 2023, 6:30pm, £5

Storysmith, 236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD

Novelist, critic, essayist and genuine icon Lynne Tillman is coming to Storysmith! We can’t quite believe we’ve convinced such a singular and enduring talent to come and hang out with us for the night, but here we are. It’s not often you get to see a bona fide legend in person talking about one of their most intriguing and humane works to date, so make sure you don’t sleep on tickets…

Lynne will be in conversation with writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques – the perfect discussion partner for Lynne, we hope you’ll agree!

Tickets include a glass of wine. Pre-order your paperback copy of Mothercare (rrp £10.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect before the event or on the night!


About Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman (b. 1947) is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted Houses; Motion Sickness; Cast in Doubt; No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and American Genius, A Comedy. Her nonfiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965–1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore; Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.; and What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. Her latest publication is Mothercare. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

About Mothercare

From the brilliantly original novelist and cultural critic Lynne Tillman comes Mothercare, an honest and beautifully written account of a sudden, drastically changed relationship to one’s mother, and of the time and labor spent navigating the American healthcare systemWhen a mother’s unusual health condition, normal pressure hydrocephalus, renders her entirely dependent on you, your sisters, caregivers, and companions, the unthinkable becomes daily life. In Mothercare, Tillman describes doing what seems impossible: handling her mother as if she were a child and coping with a longtime ambivalence toward her. In Tillman’s celebrated style and as a ‘rich noticer of strange things’ (Colm Toibin), she describes, without flinching, the unexpected, heartbreaking, and anxious eleven years of caring for a sick parent.

Mothercare is both a cautionary tale and sympathetic guidance for anyone who suddenly becomes a caregiver. This story may be helpful, informative, consoling, or upsetting, but it never fails to underscore how impossible it is to get the job done completely right.

About Juliet Jacques

Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She is the author of Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007), Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), and Variations (Influx Press, 2021). Her landmark column on gender reassignment appeared in The Guardian, entitled ‘A Transgender Journey’ (2010-12) and she has written for London Review of Books, Granta, Sight & Sound, Frieze, Art Review, New York Times, and many more. Juliet was included on The Independent on Sunday Pink List of influential LGBT people in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her most recent essay collection is Front Lines: Trans Journalism 2007-2020.

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Location 236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD Phone 0117 953 7961 E-mail Hours Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm | Sunday: 11am-4pm | Monday: closed
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