Elisa Albert presents HUMAN BLUES with Arianna Rebolini


Wed Jul 06 2022 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm


P&T Knitwear Books & Podcasts | New York, NY

"Human Blues is an energizing read for anyone who's ever been told, ‘Oh, you're just on your period.'" —Good Housekeeping
About this Event

P&T Knitwear welcomes Elisa Albert to celebrate the launch of Human Blues, a provocative and entertaining novel about a woman who desperately wants a child but struggles to accept the use of assisted reproductive technology—a hilarious and ferocious send-up of feminism, fame, art, commerce, and autonomy. Albert will be joined in conversation by Arianna Rebolini.

  • This is a free in-store event with amphitheater-style seating
  • All guests must be vaccinated to attend, and must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter event.
  • Signed copies of the book are available for purchase at ptknitwear.com. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the event. Albert will be signing books after the conversation.
  • We request all guests wear masks.

On the eve of her fourth album, singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner is plagued by infertility. The twist: as much as Aviva wants a child, she is wary of technological conception, and has poured her ambivalence into her music. As the album makes its way in the world, the shock of the response from fans and critics is at first exciting—and then invasive and strange. Aviva never wanted to be famous, or did she? Meanwhile, her evolving obsession with another iconic musician, gone too soon, might just help her make sense of things.

Told over the course of nine menstrual cycles, Human Blues is a bold, brainy, darkly funny, utterly original interrogation of our cultural obsession with childbearing. It’s also the story of one fearless woman at the crossroads, ruthlessly questioning what she wants and what she’s willing—or not willing—to do to get it.

"[A] bighearted and riotously funny performance from Albert... The depth of feeling, range of ideas, and spiky provocations amount to a Bellow-worthy wave of blistering prose. By the end, it pummels the reader into submission.” —Publishers Weekly starred review*

About the author:

Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, How This Night Is Different, and editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot. Her stories and essays have appeared in Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, n+1, Bennington Review, Tin House, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in upstate New York.

About the moderator:

Arianna Rebolini is a writer and editor from New York, and marketing manager for P&T Knitwear. Formerly the Books editor at BuzzFeed News, her writing has also been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Cut, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Public Relations (Grand Central Publishing), co-authored with Katie Heaney, is out now. Her memoir, Better, is forthcoming from Harper Wave. She lives in Queens with her husband, son, and two cats.


Where is it happening?

P&T Knitwear Books & Podcasts, 180 Orchard Street, New York, United States

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