This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.
Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Emilly Prado for a discussion of her debut essay collection, Funeral for Flaca. She will be joined in conversation by writer, creative director, and cook Ifrah F. Ahmed.
About Funeral for Flaca. . .
Funeral for Flaca is an exploration of things lost and found-love, identity, family-and the traumas that transcend bodies, borders, cultures, and generations.
Emilly Prado retraces her experience coming of age as a prep-turned-chola-turned-punk in this collection that is one-part memoir-in-essays, and one-part playlist, zigzagging across genres and decades, much like the rapidly changing and varied tastes of her youth. Emilly spends the late 90's and early aughts looking for acceptance as a young Chicana growing up in the mostly-white suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008. Ni de aquí, ni de allá, she tries to find her place in the in between.
Growing up, the boys reject her, her father cheats on her mother, then the boys cheat on her and she cheats on them. At 21-years-old, Emilly checks herself into a psychiatric ward after a mental breakdown. One year later, she becomes a survivor of sexual assault. A few years after that, she survives another attempted assault. She searches for the antidote that will cure her, cycling through love, heartbreak, sex, an eating disorder, alcohol, an ever-evolving style, and, of course, music.
She captures the painful reality of what it means to lose and find your identity, many times over again. For anyone who has ever lost their way as a child or as an adult, Funeral for Flaca unravels the complex layers of an unpredictable life, inviting us into an intimate and honest journey profoundly told with humor and heart by Emilly Prado.
Praise for Funeral for Flaca. . .
"I felt these essays deep in my heart. Funeral for Flaca is like a Chicana punk rock ballad in prose. Soulful and brave, these essays of Prado's life made me feel less lonely, less outcasted, and more seen-and isn't that why we come to books in the first place?"
—Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Sabrina & Corina
"Once I started reading Funeral for Flaca, I could not stop. The series of essays traverses Prado's life and weaves a narrative that is gripping and beautifully told. Each essay is a finely crafted tribute to periods in Prado's labyrinthine path, intersecting trauma, pathology, loss and, ultimately, perseverance and healing."
—Lisa Congdon, author of Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic
"This book is brilliant. It tells the unique stories of what it means to grow up Latina in the U.S. and the universal experiences of love, coming of age and finding your own voice and self. Prado weaves personal stories that make you laugh, cry and give you hope for the future."
—Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, author and co-editor of Presente!
Emilly Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. She is Blackburn Fellow and MFA candidate at Randolph College, a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna amongst others, co-founder of Portland in Color, and the Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts. Emilly also moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.
Ifrah F. Ahmed is a writer, creative director, and cook. She co-founded and edits the pioneering Somali arts and culture publication ARAWEELO. Ifrah is also the founder of Milk & Myrrh, a Somali culinary pop-up experience. She has been featured in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, and NYLON. Her writing and recipes have most recently appeared in the LA Times and Whetstone Magazine. Originally born in the beautiful coastal city of Mogadishu, Somalia she now splits her time between Brooklyn and Seattle.
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