When you write about real people, sometimes they get mad at you. Erika Krouse’s memoir, Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation, is about Erika’s experience as a private investigator working on the first-ever Title IX sexual assault case in history. But the controversy didn’t end on the page; as Erika was writing her story, interested parties tried to censor, control, cancel, and kill the book before it saw print, raising the important question of who owns our stories. Legally and ethically, what do we get to write about, and why, and how? Join Erika for a reading of Tell Me Everything, followed by a behind-the-book discussion of what it’s like to write and fight for ownership of a controversial story—and why it’s worth it.
Erika Krouse is the author of three books, most recently Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation, which was a Book of the Month Club pick, a People Magazine Pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and has been optioned by Playground Entertainment for TV adaptation. Erika is also the author of Contenders (a novel) and Come Up and See Me Sometime (short stories). Erika’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Granta.com, Ploughshares, One Story, and other places. Erika teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Regis University; she is a Beacon Award winner for teaching excellence.
Location: Marquez 126