Pam Houston, Without Exception: Reclaiming Abortion, Personhood, and Freedom

Wednesday, September 4, 2024 - 6:00pm

We are very excited to welcome Pam Houston for a reading and signing of her new book, Without Exception: Reclaiming Abortion, Personhood, and Freedom.

"Houston writes about difficult and beautiful things with a kind of precision and lyricism that few writers can achieve. She has written an important book, a powerful book, one that challenges the way we think about choices, compassion, and resilience."
--Brandon Hobson, author of The Removed

"Houston has written this book with a demotic unpretentiousness and an irreducible clarity that can only come with having walked the walk, spending years doing the kind of quiet behind-the-scenes lifework that matures the spirit. Houston says ugly truths she doesn't need to say, things no one would fault her for leaving out, because she knows there's a reader somewhere who will find the world more hospitable for having read them. To me, that's rigor. That's love."
--Kaveh Akbar, author of Martyr!

Written with equal parts candor and lyricism, Pam Houston illuminates the interconnected histories of abortion in the United States and in her own life during the decades when Roe v. Wade was the law of the land. Houston guides us through the shifting landscapes of politics, the law, and self-determination in a country where access to medical care and the power to determine your own destiny are increasingly—and once again—dependent on geography and circumstance.

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and the essay collection A Little More About Me. Houston teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing MFA program, is a Professor of English at UC Davis, and cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at nine thousand feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande Blvd nw
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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ISBN: 9798890920003
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Published: Torrey House Press - September 3rd, 2024