Writing History Through Nonfiction with Christa Parravani

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An Evening with Christa Parravani

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Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a talk with Christa Parravani on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Arizona MST (8:00-9:30 p.m. EST) on Zoom.

Christa Parravani be giving a lecture on writing history through nonfiction, specifically her work on her new manuscript about sexism in the CIA.

Please note: this event takes place virtually in Phoenix MST.

This event is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and is open to the public and free. Zoom link will be sent the week of the event to anyone who has RSVPed in Eventbrite. This event will also be live-streamed via Facebook at

About the Author

Christa Parravani is the author of Her: A Memoir and Loved and Wanted: A Memoir of Choice, Children, and Womanhood. Praised as "astonishing” by Vanity Fair , Her shares Parravani's journey through grief after the sudden loss of her identical twin sister, Cara, who died suddenly in 2006. Research into bereavement after the loss of a twin indicates that twins feel the loss of their sibling more severely than any other loss, and regardless of the cause 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years. "Flip a coin," she thought," those were my chances of survival." Parravani’s lyrical, honest memoir is an incandescent story of loving and losing one’s twin, an uncompromising love poem to the joys and dangers of shared identity, and an unforgettable tale of trauma, survival, and triumph. Her was named the Amazon Debut Spotlight Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the month, an Indie Bound Next Pick, a Books for a Better Life nominee, an NPR critics pick and both an Oprah and People Magazine must-read memoir. Parravani’s latest memoir, Loved and Wanted, chronicles her experiences attempting to access a legal abortion in rural America. Against her own instincts as a mother and woman with supposed agency over her body, when Parravani was denied access to the procedure she had requested, she gave birth to her son, though his significant medical complications went undiagnosed, denied, and ignored. Part memoir, part call to arms, Loved and Wanted recounts her harrowing experience with healthcare access under the Trump Administration. Parravani's writing has appeared in Guernica, Catapult, Hobart, Marie Claire, Glamour, The Washington Post, Salon, The Rumpus, The Daily Beast, The London Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and DAME, among other places. She is at work on a book about the troubled marriage of a young CIA case officer struggling with the terror of an abusive husband while fighting the global war on terror during the bin Laden years.

About the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

This event is presented as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. To find more author talks and readings, visit our website at

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Founded in 2003, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is a home for writers, readers, and the literary community, offering talks, readings, classes, workshops, and other literary programs and services. For more information, visit our website at 

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