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“I’m adapting a memoir. It’s called The Chronology of Water. Lidia Yuknavitch is from Portland. I love her novels but her memoires… it’s deeply personal to her. She’s in my blood and I knew that before I met her. As soon as I met her it was like we started this race without any sense of competition. I’m making the movie this summer but other than that, my only goal is just to finish the screenplay and hire a really spectacular actor: I’m going to write the best fucking female...Forward

Kristen Stewart’s first feature film is Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, The Chronology of Water. Kristen Stewart said, “I’m making the movie this summer…I’m going to write the best fucking female role.”

15 May 2018|

Close-up with Kristen Stewart, Feature Films Jury member

Festival de CannesWhat will your first feature film be about?

Kristen StewartI’m adapting a memoir. It’s called The Chronology of Water. Lidia Yuknavitch is from Portland. I love her novels but her memoires… it’s deeply personal to her. She’s in my blood and I knew that before I met her. As soon as I met her it was like we started this race without any sense of competition. I’m making the movie this summer but other than that,...Forward

Roxane Gay includes Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water in her Reading List of Five Memoirs.

12 Apr 2018|

The Reading List: Five Memoirs
Acclaimed essayist and intellectual Roxane Gay on her favorites of the genre.

Also included Terese Maillot, Morgan Jerkins, Claudia Rankine, and Aleksandar Hemon.

Speaking Body to Body: Q&A With Lidia Yuknavitch Posted on June 21, 2017 by BLOOM

21 Jun 2017|

Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water breathed new life into the memoir genre. It won a slew of awards and amassed a loyal following of readers who will forever champion her work. Prompted by a dare from author Chuck Palahniuk—I’m not a big fan of memoir, but if you wrote one, I’d read it—she wrote a story that had lived in her body for twenty years.

Yuknavitch’s memoir delivers fearless prose and lays bare the truths of survival and its many facets. The opening holds nothing...Forward

Joan of Arc Sci-Fi Movie in Works Based on Lidia Yuknavitch’s Novel (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary, Variety

03 Mar 2017|

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions have won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”

The book is a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. A group of rebels unite to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force.

“I am...Forward

The beauty of being a misfit, by Helen Walters

05 Jan 2017|

Misfit is a funny word. And yet even for those who don’t, as Lidia Yuknavitch does, identify as a “card-carrying misfit,” it likely brings along a twang of recognition. After all, everyone everywhere has experienced at least a moment or two when, actually, everything everywhere didn’t seem to fit quite right. Right?

As a writer and memoirist, Yuknavitch is also the patron saint of misfits. And she came to TED in 2016 to reassure her compadres in the room—“I’m never the only one”—and in her...Forward

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Chronology of Water” Will Be Adapted Into Film, by Sophia June, Willamette Week

16 Nov 2016|

The book has amassed a cult following for Yuknavitch’s intensity, rawness and depth of life, which includes early sexual abuse, addiction, a swim with Ken Kesey, and an exploration of bisexuality and S&M.

Andy Mingo—who’s currently co-writing and producing the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Lullaby, has optioned Oregon Book Award-winner Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water.


The book has won a slew of awards and amassed a cult following for...Forward

Independent film director/producer Andy Mingo has optioned Lidia Yuknavitch’s anti-memoir, The Chronology of Water.  Mingo is currently casting for the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Lullaby, cowritten by Mingo and Palahniuk for MindPollen Studios, with production slated for 2017. The Chronology of Water will be Mingo’s next production. And it’s going to be WICKED WET.

Mingo is known for his short film adaptations of works by such Portland literati as Monica Drake (Georgie’s Big...Forward

SARAH HEPOLA’S FIVE MEMOIRISTS ON SEX for Vela: Written By Women includes Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water. “It is one of the most full-throated depictions of being a woman I have ever read.”

15 Sep 2016|

1. Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water

Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, as the title suggests, is hard to pin down. It is about motherhood, about girlhood, about drinking and screwing yourself into oblivion and then finding your voice on the page. My copy is dog-eared and filled with underlined passages. “I was using my body as a sexual battering ram,” she writes of her pansexual experiences in graduate school. Of her flirtation with erotic violence, she writes, “I felt like I had pain...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch included in “Top 10 talks from TED 2016,” by Kevin Chesters

25 Feb 2016|

Nothing gets the brain cells sizzling quite like the TED conference. After taking in 100 of the stimulating talks and demos last week, Kevin Chesters, executive planning director at Mcgarrybowen, picks out those you simply cannot afford to miss.

7. Lidia Yuknavitch
Her presentation was probably the one I remember most from the week. She gave a spellbinding talk on what it is to be a misfit, taking us through her life that has involved two failed marriages, dropping out of college, prison, and...Forward

The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016. Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

19 Feb 2016|

“You can be a drunk. You can be an abuse survivor. You can be an ex-con. You can be a homeless person,” she says. “You can lose all your money or your job or your husband or your wife or, the worst thing of all, a child. You can even lose your marbles.

“You can be standing dead center in the middle all of your failure,” she says, “and still I’m only here to tell you: you are so beautiful and your story deserves to be heard. Because you, you rare and phenomenal misfit—you new...Forward

“The Woolf Girl,” by Catherine Hollis, Public Books

17 Dec 2015|

Narrative tropes reoccur across Yuknavitch’s work, both fiction and nonfiction: the stillborn daughter, the filmmaker husband and son, violent sex, and the redemptive power of art. In Yuknavitch’s antic novel Dora: A Headcase, a hilarious retelling of Freud’s infamous case history, a ragtag bunch of teenage art punks turn the camera on Freud himself. Though primarily narrated by Ida/Dora, here the art collective wrests power from the authoritative case history. When Yuknavitch’s Freud...Forward

“The Wild, Remarkable Sex Scenes of Lidia Yuknavitch,” by Garth Greenwell for The New Yorker

25 Aug 2015|

The Small Backs of Children is Yuknavitch’s second novel, and her first book to appear from a major press. (She’s also the author of a memoir, The Chronology of Water, and three books of short fiction, two of them with the avant-garde publisher Fiction Collective Two.) In all of her work, sex, violence, and art are inextricably linked. Her new novel centers on a photograph of a girl taken in an unnamed, war-torn Eastern European country, her image haloed in fire, captured at the moment when...Forward

Behind the Curtain: Meet the People Who Make the Portland Art World Possible. Who really creates high culture’s high season? The local specialists behind the scenes. By Fiona McCann for Portland Monthly Magazine

24 Aug 2015|


The designer behind every Hawthorne book

Adam McIsaac: CREATIVE DIRECTOR / Hawthorne Books

Forty-one books, on subjects ranging from Portland food to lobotomies: that’s the entire oeuvre of Hawthorne Books since the small independent publisher started in 2001. Adam McIsaac has designed—from cover to cover and each page in between—every single one. “Every letter in those things, I’ve touched, for good or ill,” he says. “I’ve always been fascinated by the shape of...Forward

“Writing the Body: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maggie Nelson, & Lidia Yuknavitch,” by e.v. de cleyre for Ploughshares

17 Aug 2015|

The age of media and internet is one of fractal, ephemeral bodies—well-curated images of the self from certain angles and frozen in time, dust-coated corpses at the aftermath of a quake that provide little context, statistics and numbers that break down how many and what ages and when, yet provide little to no feeling. The body in writing is a vessel to feeling—to empathy. Reading Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others, is to feel.

At a recent lecture, Maggie...Forward

The Rumpus Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch, by Alden Jones

13 Jul 2015|

Sometime in 2011, at the house of friends in Portland, Oregon, I idly picked up and began to read the book sitting on the side table. It was a paperback bound in a strip of gray paper by an author whose name was unfamiliar to me. Within the hour, I looked up and said to my host, “Either you are giving this book to me or you’re going to need to walk me to Powell’s, because I’m not getting on a plane back to Boston without this book.”

The book was Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The...Forward

Author/Musician Collaborations That Should Exist by Alison Peters for Book Riot

12 Feb 2015|

Lidia Yuknavitch for Ani DiFranco

Ani’s music is full of gut-punches, and she does things with an acoustic guitar that are probably illegal in some countries. Her recent output hasn’t reached me in the same way as her albums from the late ‘90s (Up Up Up Up Up Up was part of one of my formative reading experiences), likely because the fervor of your mid-teens passions just can’t be replicated later in life. Or maybe she just needs to shake up her style and collaborators by letting...Forward

“The Story You Made of Me: An Interview Lidia Yuknavitch about Dismissed Narratives,” by Elle Nash for the Lit Reactor

21 Nov 2014|

Elle Nash:You are known for being a champion of owning your sexual/personal narrative in a world that tries to own it for you, from your body of work, to your workshops, to your work as a professor in helping others reclaim theirs. What motivated you to help others find their own voice?

Lidia Yuknavitch: Well to begin with, people helped me pull myself out of the gutter and discover an artistic path. I’d likely be dead, incarcerated, or just numb beyond words had key people in my life not...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch’s work used as an example of Good Sex Writing: “What, then, makes ‘good’ sex writing?... anything by Lidia Yuknavitch.”

14 Nov 2014|

What, then, makes “good” sex writing? Deeper, more all-encompassing sex writing? Read Dorianne Laux’s poem “The Lovers,” Michelle Latiolais’s short story collection Widow, or anything by Lidia Yuknavitch. These are women who don’t separate sex — from language, from story, from what it means to be imperfectly human.

To read the entire article go to Bustle.

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch from French publisher Éditions Denoël

09 Oct 2014|

Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir,  The Chronology of Water, is now available in France published by Éditions Denoël.

Caleb Powell’s Arguments Worth Having: Interviews/Conversations includes Hawthorne authors: Poe Ballantine, Gregory Martin, Frank Meeink, David Shields, and Lidia Yuknavitch

25 Sep 2014|

Caleb Powell is a writer, teacher and family man who lives in Seattle.

To read his interviews with Hawthorne authors and Eula Biss. Andie Trosper DeRoux, Saadia Haq, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Ander Monson, Peter Mountford, and Jervey Tervalon, go to Arguments Worth Having.

“As lonely as it gets, you are not alone. There is another kind of love. It’s the love of art,” by Shannon Greaney

30 Aug 2014|

This is an open letter of thanks.

Lidia curates words that breathe life. She is a woman that has lived life to its fullest, because she ensures she feels every emotion to its fullest capacity. Mainly pain, often loneliness and eventually, love. She does not story tell, but simply bears her soul – flowing between her own language and the life language has given her. My eyes poured over The Chronology of Water, desperately trying to match the momentum of life within the pages.


“Lidia Yuknavitch is O.U. Levon: Remembering the Caverns Crew and Ken Kesey’s Kindness,” by Theodore Carter

28 Jul 2014|

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990.

It is my intent to interview each living author about the project and what they learned from Kesey. I outline the project in more detail in my initial posting.


Welcome to Late Night Conversation. Tonight our featured guest is Tom Spanbauer in conversation with guest host, Lidia Yuknavitch.

15 Jul 2014|

Welcome to Late Night Conversation. Tonight our featured guest is Tom Spanbauer in conversation with guest host, Lidia Yuknavitch. Tom’s latest novel I Loved You More was recently published by Hawthorne Books. Other titles by Tom Spanbauer include Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, and Now Is The Hour.

Lidia Yuknavitch is a Portland-based author with titles available from Hawthorne Books. Lidia’s books include The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and the novel Dora: A...Forward

NOLA Studiola: Lidia Yuknavitch, by NolaVie

01 Jul 2014|

NOLA StudiolaWhat makes you laugh?

Lidia YuknavitchMy son makes me laugh, because his heart is still filled with the purity of children and his way of seeing and feeling the world is better than the word “joy.” But I also often bust a gut laughing when our human vulnerabilities are exposed without anyone suffering … little daily occurrences where our bofusness slips through … like when I walked around an entire day with my skirt on inside out, mistaking the attention for “damn, I...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, The Chronology of Water: Review by Julie Christine Johnson at Chalk the Sun

12 May 2014|

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn’t for everyone. Some will read and be exasperated or disgusted or disbelieving. I get that. I get that chaos and promiscuity and addiction are ugly, messy, and life is too short to waste reading about someone else’s tragedy and self-destructive behavior. That’s pretty much me, really. But something about this story–the goddamn gorgeous language, the raw power of its brutality–gave me so much comfort and solace. In Yuknavitch’s word embrace, I felt...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, The Chronology of Water, still making waves!

08 Mar 2014|

Review: “Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water—A Body Memoir Gone Viral,” by Valerie Stivers-Iskova for the Huffington Post:

“‘Viral’ is a good meme for a memoir about the body, and seems appropriate for a small book published in 2011 that’s still breaking 50,000 on Amazon, and keeps popping up on blogs and social media feeds. Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water is the kind of book that people don’t just read, but become converted to. The Goodreads reviews (over 1000 ratings, over...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water discussed in Claire Dederer’s “Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex?” for The Atlantic

20 Feb 2014|

Not having sex, overthinking sex: the memoir’s swerve into unfamiliar interior spaces could be mistaken for the embattled retreat of fierce female desire. But The Chronology of Water, which barely created a ripple when it appeared in 2011, has lately achieved cult status as a testament to the opposite. Lidia Yuknavitch, a writer in Portland, Oregon, imparts a visceral power to the experience of lust, a power unmatched in any recent account I can think of. Hers is a tale from the edge: abusive...Forward

Les Editions Denoel published Dora: A Headcase in France and will also be publishing Chronology of Water. Vive la France!

03 Dec 2013|

Les Editions Denoel published Dora: A Headcase in France and will also be publishing Chronology of Water.

Author photo by Andrew Kovalev.

Vive la France!

Marion Winik’s reading list includes two Hawthorne Books titles: Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere by Poe Ballantine and The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

17 Sep 2013|

Lidia Yuknavitch and Poe Ballantine are in good company included on Marion Winik’s readling list along with others such as:

Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld
Blue Plate Special, Kate Christensen
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
Old School, Tobias Wolff

To read the entire reading list go to Marion Winik’s website.

Lidia Yuknavitch Judges 2013-14 Doug Fir Award

02 Sep 2013|

From The Bear Deluxe:

$1,000 prize, publication, residency and manuscript review

The Bear Deluxe is excited to present the 2013-14 Doug Fir Fiction Award. We are pleased to welcome Lidia Yuknavitch as this year’s judge and to have Hawthorne Books and Ashland Creek Press as new partners along with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

September 3rd is the deadline, to read submission requirements, go to The Bear Deluxe.

The Rumpus Interview with Elizabeth Scarboro and Lidia Yuknavitch by Roxane Gay

03 Apr 2013|

The RumpusWhat do you look for in a memoir? What stands out to you as “good?”

Lidia YuknavitchI look for the moment(s) in the story where the writer risked abandoning the glory of the self in favor of the possible relationship with an other. I don’t ever let the market tell me what a memoir is. The first best memoir I ever read was Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. See what I mean? I also thought of The Lover by Marguerite Duras as a memoir. Most of Carole Maso’s books and Kathy...Forward

The Plumas Weekly: Feather River College’s Online Newspaper on Lidia Yuknavitch

02 Apr 2013|

Simply stated: She is important. Read. Her. Now.—Margaret Elysia Garcia

To read the entire post go to The Pumas Weekly.

Kait from the PDXX Collective interviews Lidia Yuknavitch

07 Mar 2013|

KaitWhat does sex do for a story?

Lidia I come from such a weird angle because I think desire and sexuality are in language. My job is to find the writing path that will surface that idea. In a way, I’m a little bit against the inserted sex scene because I don’t think that it happens in our bodies and real life, so why should we do that in our writing? The Americanized, market-driven sex scene dislocates sex from our real experience. I teach a workshop on sex, death, and memoir. The first...Forward

100 Great Nonfiction Books: must-read works of narrative nonfiction and journalism

04 Mar 2013|

The Electric Typewriter chose The Chronology of Water as one of its picks for 100 Great Nonfiction Books!

“Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water is the kind of book that people don’t just read, but become converted to.”

13 Feb 2013|

From Valerie Stivers-Isakova review of The Chronology of Water at the Huffington Post.

The Goodreads reviews (over 1000 ratings, over 300 actual reviews) say things like “this book is holy” and “I am sitting here in a dazed stupor.” I myself have so far bought five, and keep giving them to people. I keep describing the book as “fiction,” though, and then at some point in the conversation I’ll recall myself and say, “well, it’s a memoir, actually,” and then the person’s eyes glaze over. And...Forward

The Chronology of Water is a PEN Center Finalist

27 Aug 2012|

Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA’s Creative Nonfiction award.

The award eventually went to Eavan Boland for his book A Journey with Two Maps, published by W.W. Norton & Co.

Ms. Yuknavitch was joined as a finalist by Jonathan Lethem (The Ecstasy of Influence, Doubleday) and David Van (Last Day on Earth, University of Georgia Press).

The Chronology of Water named “Reader’s Choice” at 2012 Oregon Book Awards

01 Feb 2012|

​Lidia Yuknavtich’s memoir, The Chronology of Water, won the Reader’s Choice prize at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards.

The Chronology of Water honored by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

10 Jan 2011|

Lidia Yuknavtich’s memoir, The Chronology of Water has been selected by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association for its 2012 Book Awards.