[Virtual] Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday: “Myth + Memory: Staking Out New Territory in the Memoir Form” with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

A Graphic that Reads 2023 WLT Book Club Kicking off on Friday March 24. Discussion and presentation on Thursday May 18. Black Chameleon: Memory Womanhood, and Myth by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton. Includes author headshot and Black Chameleon cover.
Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event
Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth By Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250827852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 7th, 2023

WLT hosts On the Craft of Writing talks a few times a year, partnering with an indie bookstore or other community organization, featuring authors discussing their craft in relation to their newest releases.

This special event will feature a presentation from Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton on her new memoir “Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth” followed by a discussion of the book with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and WLT Program Director Sam Babiak. 

About the presentation:

In the genre of memoir, it is difficult to differentiate your story from the growing stack. New forms blending mythology and poetry helped Houston’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton stand out from the pack in her newest memoir, Black Chameleon. Join Mouton for a conversation on craft, culture, and the path to turning your story into a unique and memorable read.

About the book:

“Exquisite… This is a genre-shifting book.” – Kiese Laymon

“This book kept showing me new shades of freedom.” – Sonya Renee Taylor

“Black Chameleon redefines what a memoir can be.” – Zain E. Asher

In the literary tradition of Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, and Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped, this debut memoir confronts both the challenges and joys of growing up Black and making your own truth.

Growing up as a Black girl in America, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton felt alienated from the stories she learned in class. She yearned for stories she felt connected to—true ones of course—but also fables and mythologies that could help explain both the world and her place in it.

Mouton writes, “The phrases of my mother and grandmother began to seem less colloquial and more tied to stories that had been lost along the way. . . . Mythmaking isn’t a lie. It is our moment to take the privilege of our own creativity to fill in the gaps that colonization has stolen from us. It is us choosing to write the tales that our children pull strength from. It is hijacking history for the ignorance in its closets. This, a truth that must start with the women.”

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