Fiction. Del Hanks is on the verge of academic tenure, but at forty she's also perched on the precipice of either the beginning or the end of the rest of her life. BLACK STAR is a dark comedy, both bitingly funny and transgressive, an unflinching and unsentimental exploration of the female experience, academia, and the idea of power that burns in the mind as white as acid. Medved's new novel is a searing critique of a world we all know too well—one of sexual exploitation, manipulation, and the subtle machinations of power that BLACK STAR filters through the lens of academia. It is at once poetic, tragic, disturbing and funny.
Maureen Medved is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright as well as an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. She has written essays on television and film for the magazine Herizons. Her novel The Tracey Fragments was first published in 1998 by House of Anansi Press. Anansi published a film tie-in edition to coincide with the Canadian release of the film in Fall 2007, and Les Allusifs has published a French language version of the book (the French language edition won a 2008 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation). Bruce McDonald directed Medved's screen adaptation of The Tracey Fragments starring Ellen Page, which opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival and won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. In 2009, Medved received the Artistic Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television, Vancouver. BLACK STAR is Medved's second novel; Anvil will be publishing Medved's third book, her essays on television and film, in 2019. Maureen is currently working on a new novel.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN