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Lindsay Lerman: What Are You — Book Launch

Thursday, Jun 23

6:00 PM–7:00 PM


Join us at the ICA for a book launch party and signing event for Richmond-based author Lindsay Lerman. Lerman’s second book, What Are You, will be released by CLASH Books on June 14.

This event will be hosted by the ICA’s Director of Community Media, Chioke I’Anson.


Radically imaginative and intense, challenging language to be slow and fast, soft and hard, drunk and sober, What Are You performs its own destruction and recreation.

Hypnotic, dreamlike, lyrical essays tell the story of a woman trapped in a destructive love affair with the universe. Her understanding of power, desire, and complicity must be transformed again and again. Addressed to an amorphous you, Lerman wrestles with the forces of birth and death, creation and destruction—going deep into the subterranean strata of consciousness and back.



Lindsay Lerman is a writer and translator. Her forthcoming book, What Are You, has garnered advance praise for being “incantatory and hypnotic,” “raw and rigorous and sexy and relentless and completely on fire,” “brilliant—fiercely direct and enigmatic at the same time.” Her first novel, I’m From Nowhere, was published in 2019. Buzzfeed declared it a “heartbreaker of a debut” and Entropy listed it as a favorite book of 2019. Her essays, short stories, and poetry have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Tyrant, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.