The "Joshilyn Jackson Reads" Series: Kate Elizabeth Russell – My Dark Vanessa Virtual Event

The "Joshilyn Jackson Reads" Series: Kate Elizabeth Russell – My Dark Vanessa Virtual Event

Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:00 PM

The Decatur Book Festival on Crowdcast

The Decatur Book FestivalA Cappella Books and the Georgia Center for the Book welcome author Kate Elizabeth Russell to discuss her instant New York Times bestseller, “My Dark Vanessa,” as part of the “Joshilyn Jackson Reads” virtual author series.

A brilliant, all-consuming read, “My Dark Vanessa,” explores the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, marking the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer. 

Russell will appear live in conversation with Atlanta’s own Joshilyn Jackson, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Almost Sisters” and “Never Have I Ever.”

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, click the link below to register for the Crowdcast event:

 A Cappella Books has copies of "My Dark Vanessa" available for order online. Shipping, curbside pick-up, and local delivery options are available at checkout. Your book will arrive after the event.

About the Book

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. 

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed? 

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, “My Dark Vanessa” juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of “The Girls” and the creeping intensity of “Room,” “My Dark Vanessa” is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

About the Author

Kate Elizabeth Russell is originally from eastern Maine. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Indiana University. “My Dark Vanessa” is her first novel.