Chelsea Martin discusses Tell Me I’m An Artist

At her San Francisco art school, Joey enrolls in a film elective that requires her to complete what seems like a straightforward assignment: create a self-portrait. Joey inexplicably decides to remake Wes Anderson's Rushmore despite having never seen the movie. As Tell Me I'm An Artist unfolds over the course of the semester, the assignment hangs over her as she struggles to exist in a well-heeled world that is hugely different from any she has known.

Miles away, Joey's sister goes missing, leaving her toddler with their mother, who in turn suggests that Joey might be the selfish one for pursuing her dreams. Meanwhile, her only friend at school, the enigmatic Suz, makes meaningful, appealing art, a product of Suz's own singular drive and talent as well as decades of careful nurturing by wealthy, sophisticated parents.

A masterful novel from an author known for her candid and searching prose, Tell Me I'm An Artist examines the invisible divide created by class and privilege, ruminates on the shame that follows choosing a path that has not been laid out for you, and interrogates what makes someone an artist at all. (Soft Skull)

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Tell Me I'm An Artist By Chelsea Martin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781593767211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull - September 20th, 2022