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Kristen Roupenian in Conversation with Megan Jeffrey

You Know You Want This (Simon And Schuster)

Friday • January 25 • 7pm

U District store

Discussion & Book Signing

You Know You Want This

In partnership with the UW Department of Communication.
This event will be livestreamed on the University Book Store Facebook page.



From the author of "Cat Person" comes the debut collection You Know You Want This, which brilliantly explores the complex—and often darkly funny—connections between gender, sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain, across multiple genres.

The short stories find horror in both the things done to women, and in the women themselves. A couple becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex until they cant have sex without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for something mean; a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her hearts desire: a nameless, naked man.

As a collection, they point a finger at you, daring you to feel uncomfortable—or worse, understood—as if to say, You want this, right? You know you want this.


Kristen Roupenian in Conversation with Megan Jeffrey Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard College and holds a PhD in English from Harvard, as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the short story, Cat Person, which was published in The New Yorker and selected by Sheila Heti for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018. She is currently at work on a novel.

Megan Jeffrey is a storyteller, who has dedicated her life to Connecting More Than Just The Dots. She is a communications professional with extensive experience in digital technologies and audience engagement. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University (SLO), and then went on to get a Master's from the UW Communication Leadership Program. When she has free time, she sings in community choirs, travels a bit, and authors a blog on the movies of yesteryear that have made her what she is today.

Buy Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event. $24.99

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