Book Launch: Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Tanya Marquardt — in conversation w/ Wei Tchou

Book Launch: Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Tanya Marquardt — in conversation w/ Wei Tchou

Wednesday Sep 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street across from the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

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“Marquardt’s memoir is a brutally honest reflection on her fraught adolescence and journey of self-realization.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The highly expressive narrative is often brutal and raw, a combination of truth and penance, and it feels like a confession leading toward sanity and forgiveness.”


About the Book.
Brutal and beautiful, Stray is the true story of a girl who runs away and finds herself.

After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival—whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind.

Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching.

Told with raw honesty and strength, Stray reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.


Tanya MArquardt
About the Author.
Tanya Marquardt is an award-winning performer and the author of ten plays, which have been produced across Canada and the United States. Transmission was published in the Canadian Theatre Review, and Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep was the subject of an episode of NPR’s Invisibilia. A Hertog Fellow and graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Hunter College, Tanya splits her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Brooklyn, New York. Stray is her first book.










Wei Tchou

About the Moderator.
Wei Tchou is a writer in Brooklyn whose essays about culture, identity, and food have appeared in The New YorkerThe NationThe Paris Review, and The Outline, among other publications. Previously, she was the Assistant Managing Editor of She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hunter College and is at work on a memoir about ferns.


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