Book Expo America

May 28—May 31, 2014

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Javits Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

Look for Merritt at this year's Book Expo America. Details to come. 

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Austin Public Library New Fiction Confab

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April 19, 2014, 2—2:45 PM

Austin Public Library
800 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

Now in its fifth year, the New Fiction Confab invites several of the most notable authors to publish new work in 2013 and 2014 to spend a day in Austin’s libraries leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations that allow the community to discuss current literary fiction with critically acclaimed authors whose work is shaping the future of American literature. The Confab is one of the Library Foundation’s largest literary programs, spotlighting the finest fiction on bookshelves today, and the authors who bring these novels and stories to life. - See more at: http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/PageServer?pagename=New_Fiction_Confab#sthash.DlMbYiC6.dpuf
Now in its fifth year, the New Fiction Confab invites several of the most notable authors to publish new work in 2013 and 2014 to spend a day in Austin’s libraries leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations that allow the community to discuss current literary fiction with critically acclaimed authors whose work is shaping the future of American literature. The Confab is one of the Library Foundation’s largest literary programs, spotlighting the finest fiction on bookshelves today, and the authors who bring these novels and stories to life. - See more at: http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/PageServer?pagename=New_Fiction_Confab#sthash.DlMbYiC6.dpuf

Now in its fifth year, the New Fiction Confab invites several of the most notable authors to publish new work in 2013 and 2014 to spend a day in Austin’s libraries leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations that allow the community to discuss current literary fiction with critically acclaimed authors whose work is shaping the future of American literature. The Confab is one of the Library Foundation’s largest literary programs, spotlighting the finest fiction on bookshelves today, and the authors who bring these novels and stories to life.

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MSNBC Live with Alex Witt

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5 Under 35 Panel Discussion

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Q&A with Jessica Valenti in The Nation

Jessica Valenti interviewed Merritt about the fallout from abortion clinic closures as a result of Texas' recently passed House Bill 2. Excerpt:

What can people expect to see in terms of the law’s impact over the next few months?

More women will try to have an abortion outside of the healthcare system. The use of Cytotec (misoprostol) will increase, especially in south Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, where it is more easily available (and where there is now no access to abortion). Inevitably some women will harm themselves as a direct result of the clinic closures. Many women will continue unwanted pregnancies because they have no other options. Because of the shame and stigma that surround abortion, we may not hear these stories in detail; however we know that, historically, this is what happens when abortion access is restricted.

We can also expect to see the fight continue and intensify, as a result of the severe body blow this law has dealt. We were angry; now we are nuclear.

Read the full interview.

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Dallas Noir at Half Price Books

October 30, 2013, 7-9 PM

Half Price Books
5803 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231

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Meet Merritt and some of the other authors featured in Akashic Books' latest noir anthology, Dallas Noir: Harry Hunsicker, Catherine Cuellar, Kathleen Kent, Matt Bondurant, and editor David Hale Smith, among others. 

Merritt's story The Private Room appears in the collection. 

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Oral Fixation: Bun in the Oven

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October 28, 2013, 8-10 PM

Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201

Oral Fixation kicks off Season 3 at AT&T Performing Arts Center with 7 juicy, truth-y stories on the theme “Bun in the Oven.” Highlights include a woman's shocking discovery that she had multiple buns in the oven, a father's perspective on a dangerous delivery, and Il Cane Rosso's Jay Jerrier's journey to becoming the "Pope of Pizza." And don't miss Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) creator and TEDxSMU speaker Nicole Stewart sharing her powerful story.

“Bun in the Oven” is an excellent way to get acquainted with this uniquely satisfying and entertaining series in its new digs!

Don't miss this phenomenal cast:
Jay Jerrier
MaryEllen Smith Kendall
Byron Sanders
Nicole Stewart Schlesinger
Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen
Merritt Tierce
Kate Ryan Williams

Buy tickets.

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Updates on the Reproductive Justice Movement in Texas

October 9, 2013, 7-9 PM

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell St
Denton TX 76201

Merritt Tierce will share how recent legislation is affecting the low-income and disadvantaged women of our communities, what is ahead for the reproductive justice movement in Texas and how what happens in Texas affects what happens across the nation for abortion rights.

Merritt is the Executive Director of the Dallas-based nonprofit Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund), a grassroots feminist organization that provides financial assistance to women who cannot afford the cost of abortion.

 

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New Video About Why Abortion Funds Matter

The National Network of Abortion Funds has just released this great video to promote the work of abortion funds during National Abortion Access Month. Watch these inspiring activists, including Merritt, talk about how vital abortion access is.

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Understanding Perspectives on Reproductive Rights

September 19, 2013, 7-9 PM

University of Texas at Dallas, Cecil Green Hall 2.302
800 W Campbell Rd
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A panel discussion hosted by Pro-Choice Feminist Alliance at UTD. Panelists:

Susan Harper: religious and metaphysical topics, culture and society, diversity, women’s and GLBT issues, American history, cooking, holistic health, crafting, homemaking, and education.

Bianca Westrup: Cicada Collective; intersections among queer, reproductive and climate justice. 

Merritt Tierce: TEA Fund; burdens of reproductive rights restrictions on low-income and other disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Jillian Watson: tenets of reproductive justice.

Nick Savelli & Val Benavidez: Texas Freedom Network; sexual education.

See the Facebook event for more information.

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5 Under 35

National Book Award Finalist Ben Fountain has selected Merritt Tierce as a 2013 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Author

Claire Vaye Watkins, a 2012 5 Under 35 honoree, interviewed Merritt about Love Me Back and being a so-called emerging writer.

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Senate Bill 1 Testimony, 83rd Texas Legislature, 2nd Special Session Committee Meeting

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On the Effects of Abortion Restrictions in Texas

FrontBurner's Bradford Pearson quoted Merritt at length in a post about one of the Texas legislature's many proposed bills that would restrict abortion access in Texas: 

My local opinion is that this bill constitutes a heinous form of structural violence against women. Proposing legislation that masquerades as intended to “protect the health and safety” (language from SB 537) of women is, in my opinion, worse than open hostility. By restricting access to sexual health education, family planning services, and abortion, Texas is severely damaging the futures of thousands of women and girls, not to mention the children they already have—two thirds of women who have an abortion already have children.

And the reality is that no matter what restrictions on abortion are put in place, women with even modest financial resources or socioeconomic support networks will still be able to access abortion. The women these bills actually harm are the women who are already struggling the most, because they have the least ability to surmount obstacles between their rights and their choices. The 24-hr waiting law has already outright targeted low-income women in Texas, because it means the necessity of another day off work and another day of childcare and travel expenses.

Forcing women who know they cannot care for another child, or have chosen abortion for any other reason, to carry that unwanted pregnancy to term is the most bald and disastrously effective way to strip women and girls of power, health, humanity, and dignity.

 

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The Sharer

The Dallas Observer profiles 30 of 2012's "most interesting characters" in its People Issue.

 

Photograph by Mark Graham.

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Review of Anne Enright books

Review of Anne Enright’s Making Babies and The Forgotten Waltz, published in the Dallas Morning News.

Anyone familiar with Enright’s fiction will find in these pages her trademark exploration of the intricate — if not easily extracted — truths found within the smallest moments. But her observations on the strangeness of birth, children, parenthood and mortality range large as well, extrapolating from one individual’s intensely personal experience to reflect on the political, philosophical and scientific aspects of making babies.

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On the Gender Gap (Huffington Post)

Prize-Winning Female Authors Respond To Questions About Gender Gap

As a society we are learning—slowly, and over a long historical curve riddled with plateaus—what to do with our differences. We used to use them to create automatic, simple, and crippling hierarchies. Now we are trying to do something different, but we aren't sure what we're doing, and breaking the old mold is painful. The wonderful thing is that literature itself is the perfect tool for inventing a new mold, and exploring the lives of others.

Read the rest of Merritt's responses.

 

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Dallas Observer Interview

Merritt Tierce Wins Rona Jaffe Award: Dallas Feminists, Literature Nerds Rejoice

by Brentney Hamilton

Dallas can officially claim another up-and-coming literary superstar at the announcement of the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation writers' awards. Texas native Merritt Tierce was one of six women awarded $25,000 and an opportunity to read at NYU on September 23, 2011.

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