Watermark Books & Cafe will host author Courtney Maum for a conversation of her novel Touch on Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Courtney Maum's "Touch" is a prescient portrayal of what's lacking in a society obsessed with the next best thing for technology. Maybe it's a bed that monitors if we're sleeping alone, or perhaps a sleek, second-skin suit that monitors our every movement.
Sloane, a trend forecaster hired by mega-tech firm Mammoth, must work to discover the next best thing. But what if that turns out to be something that requires zero technology? What if a return to *touch* is the next best thing?
Full of memorable characters, this novel has its finger on the pulse of present-day society. Hashtag #sexisdead. Hashtag #intimateagain.
Courtney Maum is the author of the novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook "Notes from Mexico." Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays on the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as The New York Times, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed, and she has co-written films that have debuted at Sundance and won awards at Cannes. At various points in her life, she has been a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra. She currently works as a product namer for M-A-C cosmetics from her home in Litchfield County, CT.