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Hannah Sward in Conversation with Christina McDowell: STRIP



Elegant prose, stripped of all sensationalism and demands for pity...a fresh, literary, addition to the courageous addiction-memoir genre.


Respected author, Hannah Sward is joined by Bestselling Author Christina Mcdowell – author of The Cave Dwellers – in discussion for Sward's newest memoir, STRIP. Hannah Sward catalogues a reckless, fast-paced, life filled with terrible lows and memorable highs. It's a vivid journey through troubled times, yet also a tale of resurrection and redemption, written in captivating, compelling, and beautiful prose.

The author will stay to sign books after the reading and Q&A session.


Born in the bohemian seventies, Hannah Sward was abandoned by her mother, and lived with her poet father on an island with no stores or cars. Kidnapped and molested by a stranger at age six, she grew up to be a stripper and a prostitute with a taste for crystal meth – which seemed to be a sure-fire way to lose weight – with stops along the way for silent gurus, sugar daddies, and drinking in the CVS bathroom before therapy sessions. Painstakingly honest, often humorous, Strip is a heartfelt memoir revealing a woman's journey from innocence to a dark existence, and beyond it to a world of empowerment.


Hannah Sward is the author of Strip, A Memoir. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals such as Arts & Letters, Yemassee (University of South Carolina), Halcyone (Black Mountain Press), Red Wheelbar­row, Porter Gulch Review, Other Voices (Canada), Anthology of The Mad Ones, Milk, Alimentum, Anthology of Women Writ­ers, Hypertext, Pig Iron Malt, Pindeldboz, Nerve Cowboy, Af­ternoon, Wimpole Street Writers, and Word Riot. She has been a regular contributor at Erotic Review since 2015 and was Editor and Columnist at Third Street Villager Los Angeles and a con­tributor at The Fix and YourTango.

Christina McDowell is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Cave Dwellers: A Novel & After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, O, The Oprah Magazine, People Magazine, LA Weekly, Marie Claire, USA Today, The Village Voice, among others. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Christina is an advocate for restorative justice and children who have been impacted by prison. She lives in Washington, D.C.