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May 24, 2024
7:00 pm
8:30 pm

Matt Lee presents THE BACKWARDS HAND with Jeannie Vanasco

Registration for this event is not required; however, in the case of a full event, your registration will reserve your seat.

Matt Lee joins us at Greedy Reads Remington to present his new memoir The Backwards Hand, in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye.


Fear. Disgust. Pity. The cripple evokes our basest human emotions—as does the monster.

Told in lyric fragments, The Backwards Hand traces Matt Lee’s experience living in the United States for more than thirty years with a rare congenital defect. Weaving in historical research and pop culture references, Lee dissects how the disabled body has been conflated with impurity, worthlessness, and evil. His voice swirls amid those of artists, criminals, activists, and philosophers. With a particular focus on horror films, Lee juxtaposes portrayals of fictitious monsters with the real-life atrocities of the Nazi regime and the American eugenics movement. Through examining his struggles with physical and mental health, Lee confronts his own beliefs about monstrosity and searches for atonement as he awaits the birth of his son.

The Backwards Hand interrogates what it means to be a cripple in a predominantly ableist society, deconstructing how perceptions of disability are—and are not—reflected in art and media.

The Backwards Hand releases on Tuesday, May 15, 2024, and is available for pre-order at!

Matt Lee is the author of Crisis Actor. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous venues online and in print. He has also written and produced work for the stage, including an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He is a cofounder and editor of the magazine Ligeia. Matt lives in Maryland with his wife and son.

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl—which was named a ​New York Times Editors’ Choice and a best book of 2019 by TIME, Esquire, Kirkus, among others—and The Glass Eye, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her third book, A Silent Treatment, is forthcoming. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she lives in Baltimore and is an associate professor of English at Towson University.

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