Boston College: Eula Biss: On Immunity: A Reading and Conversation


Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00pm


Boston College, Gasson Hall Rm. 100, 140 Commonwealth Ave Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Eula Biss is the author of three books, most recently On Immunity: An Inoculation (2014), which was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction.  In On Immunity, Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear—fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child’s air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines – in order to investigate the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. Her other publications include Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays (2009), winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists (2002). Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award and her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The BelieverGulf CoastDenver QuarterlyThird Coast, and Harper’s.