Kristen Roupenian

Sat 30.03.2019
18:30 - 19:30

4.5 million readers and counting … Kristen Roupenian’s ‘Cat Person’ was the first short story ever to go viral. To put it down to hype, however, would be to do the American writer an injustice. A storm of ‘hype’ is in fact too weak to describe what happened to her – and above all, Roupenian has a lot more to offer.

Cat Person, an online phenomenon

Prior to 2017, Kristen Roupenian had obtained a PhD in African literature at Harvard University and published a handful of pieces in small, hip literary magazines. Nice, but nothing to write home about. And then she released ‘Cat Person’, a short story about a nasty sexual collision between a 20-year-old student and an older man. In late 2017 The New Yorker picked up the story, and then everything changed. What followed was an online sensation, Twitter storms, a bidding war between publishers with crazy amounts for stories still to be written and a contract with HBO to shoot Roupenian’s first story collection.

Book Cover Roupenian

You Know You Want This

Roupenian’s first story collection is here now. You Know You Want This includes ‘Cat Person’ and a string of other stories of the same kind. They are all titillating, free-flowing miniatures about sex, dating and modern life. Roupenian’s world is populated by women – at home, at work, on dates, at the doctor’s, in relation to their family and friends. These women wrestle with desire and guilt, crime and punishment. In a witty, biting, ironic and explicit style, Roupenian explores the at times murky power relations between men and women – and adds a little extra on top.

‘If we could eavesdrop on all the quick, dismissive thoughts that other people were having about us, we would go insane. We are simply not meant to see ourselves as others see us’
Kristen Roupenian in The New Yorker

Book signing

Kristen Roupenian will sign her books at 19:30 in Beursschouwburg. Books will be for sale at the signing.

Passa Porta, Nieuw Amsterdam, Beursschouwburg

photo kristen roupenian © elisa roupenian toha

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