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First ever collection of essays by Sallie Tisdale to be released by Hawthorne Books April 1, 2016

For immediate release 19 Oct 2015

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Sallie Tisdale has an extensive publishing history with essays in Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Zyzzyva, Salon, Tin House, Conjunctions, Antioch Review, Esquire, Tricycle, and other magazines, as well as seven books including the ground-breaking Talk Dirty to Me. Her work has been reprinted in many anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing, Best Buddhist Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Violation is her first collection of essays spanning 25 years and a range of subjects such as moray eels, obscene phone calls, elephants, sex, body, and birth. She is a master at exploring love, loss, and the ambiguity with which we humans grapple.


“Sallie Tisdale’s lovely essays shouldn’t exist given that they perfectly capture the impossibility of writing.” -Slate

Sallie Tisdale is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship. She has received an NEA Fellowship in Belle Lettres, the Pushcart Prize, the James Phelan Literary Award, the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award, and a Pope Foundation Award, and was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year. Her memoir Stepping Westward (Henry Holt, 1992) was named one of the 100 Notable Books of the West.

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