Author Jen Fawkes to speak at Fayetteville Public Library

Little Rock author Jen Fawkes, writer of the new book Daughters of Chaos, will speak in Fayetteville this week.

Fawkes will participate in a conversation with Two Friends Books owner Rachel Stuckey Slaton in the Walker Room at Fayetteville Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

The new book, released earlier this week, is set in Civil War-era Nashville, Tenn., is inpired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the true story of Nashville’s attempt to exile its prostitutes during the American Civil War.

From the synopsis of the book:

In 1862, after a tragedy at home, twenty-two-year-old Sylvie Swift parts ways with her twin brother to trace the origins of an enigmatic playscript that’s landed on their doorstep. This text leads her to Nashville, an occupied city bustling with soldiers, saboteurs, partisans, powerful men––and powerful women. Sylvie translates the playscript by day, but at night, drawn into the work by the chief of the Union Army’s Secret Service, she acts as a spy. Both endeavors acquaint her with a sisterhood whose members—including Hannah, a fiery revolutionary to whom Sylvie is increasingly drawn—possess potentially monstrous powers. Sylvie soon becomes entangled in the Cult of Chaos, a feminist society steadfast in its ancient mission to eradicate the violence of men. Inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the true story of Nashville’s attempt to exile its prostitutes during the American Civil War, Daughters of Chaos (The Overlook Press; July 9, 2024 weaves together “found” texts, fabulism, and queer themes to question familiar notions of history and family, warfare and power.

Local bookstores Two Friends and Pearl’s books will have copies of the new book on hand for signing immediately after the author converation.

For a bit more info about Fawkes and her work, visit faylib.org.