Meghan Flaherty presents "Tango Lessons: a Memoir"

“A dazzlingly honest, unblinking memoir, it is also deliciously written, authentically romantic and enormous fun to read.”— Phillip Lopate

Megan Flaherty has close ties to our local community as her parents and many of her extended family live in Newburyport..  Her new memoir, out this June from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is garnering rave reviews.  Written in wry, lyrical prose, and beautifully enriched by the vivid history and culture of the dance, Tango Lessons is a transformative story of conquering your fears, living your dreams, and enjoying the dizzying freedom found in the closest embrace.  In tango, there's a leader and a follower, and, traditionally, the woman follows.  As Meghan moved from beginner classes to the late-night dance halls of New York's vibrant tango underground, she discovered that more than any footwork, the hardest and most essential lesson of the dance was to follow with strength and agency; to find her balance, regardless of the lead.  And as she broke her own rule--never mix romance and tango--she started to apply those lessons in every corner of her life.  Forcing herself out of her comfort zone - moving past the scars of old  trama which had left her fearful of being touched-- and literally into her dancing shoes, she discovers a whole new world and way of being. 

Meghan received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in literary nonfiction.  Her essays and translations have appeared in The Iowa Review, Cactus Heart, The Intentional Quarterly, and online at The Rumpus, Asymptote, Treehouse, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere.  She lives with her husband, baby, and rescue mastiff in northern California, and enjoys purchasing vegetables in Romance languages around the world. 

"As Virginia Woolf wrote, 'What a lark! What a plunge!' Meghan Flaherty has written a wonderful book. Encountering tango, she encountered a series of cultures and histories: that of the dance itself; that of its impassioned students, teachers, and acolytes in New York and elsewhere; that of her own very particular desires. Like a first-rate piece of dance, she's gotten the proportions right: the small details, the sweep of the whole, the use of space, scenery, the group, and the solo players. She is entertaining, thoughtful, and trustworthy because her self-examination--doubts, insecurities, grief--is never self-indulgent. I caught my breath at the end. Bliss indeed, those last sentences. I can't wait to read what she does next." 
-- Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Negroland 

 "Meghan Flaherty is simply an astonishing writer. Brimming with sensuous detail and sophisticated wit, every page of Tango Lessons seduces and rebuffs, beguiles and delights. This is easily one of the finest books ever written about dance, and every bit as graceful as the art itself." 
-- Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon 


Event date: 
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jabberwocky Bookshop
at the Tannery, 50 Water St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
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ISBN: 9780544980709
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 19th, 2018