GENDER BENDER’S OPENING: Meeting with the writer Carmen Maria Machado

Before diving headlong into the new edition of the festival, we have some good news for you!

The American writer Carmen Maria Machado will meet the public of Bologna and inaugurate the 19th edition of Gender Bender. The event – with free admission – is on 22 July 2021 at 6.30 pm in the covered square of the Salaborsa Library, Piazza del Nettuno 3, Bologna.


Machado’s books marvelously portray the facets and diversity of queer people‘s lives, both by depicting them in new ways and by addressing delicate issues with a very personal literary vision.

In the short story collection “Her body and other parties” (Italian printing 20219), finalist for the National Book Awards, she explores the queer female world by overcoming gender boundaries and mixing genres such as horror, science fiction, magic realism, eroticism, and comedy.

In her memoir “In the Dream House” (Italian printing 2020) she talks about the bewilderment and loneliness of being in a relationship marked by psychological abuse with a beautiful and charismatic woman, who was also unstable and violent. Machado blends in different literary genres and pop culture elements, in a courageous effort to work on the trauma and leave it behind by deconstructing the stereotype of the idyllic relationship between women.

She has published short stories and essays in The New Yorker, Granta and other magazines. In Italy, her works have been published by Codice Edizioni.


She will be talking with the author Francesco Cattani, research fellow and adjunct professor of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bologna.

Bookshop by the Women’s Library of Bologna.


To attend the meeting, reservations are required, by calling 0512194400, starting from July 19 from 9am to 1pm.


To avoid crowds, access to (non-numbered) reserved seats will be possible starting 45 minutes before the beginning of the meeting and will only be guaranteed until the meeting starts. Once the maximum capacity allowed has been reached, it will not be possible to enter and remain standing. The meeting will take place in compliance with all the safety measures established by the anti-Coronavirus provisions stipulated by law. The audience must wear a mask during the entire duration of the meeting. The seats guarantee the necessary social distance.


The meeting is organized by Gender Bender | Cassero LGBTI + center together with Codice Edizioni.

Gratitude for the collaboration goes to the Italian Women’s Library (Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne)Casa delle donne per non subire violenza ONLUSComunicattive, Lesbiche Bologna, Associazione Orlando – Centro delle donne di BolognaSome Prefer Cake.

Under the patronage of GEMMA Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

A special thanks goes to Salaborsa’s library.

PH: Art Streiber/August.