Reading dates are below.
About the book
“Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you,” Heathcliff begs his dead Cathy in Wuthering Heights. He wants to be haunted—he insists on it. Randon Billings Noble does too. Instead of exorcising the ghosts of her past, she hopes for their cold hands to knock at the window, hopes for them to linger. Be with Me Always is a collection of essays that explore hauntedness, not through conventional ghost stories but by considering the way the ghosts of our pasts cling to our imaginations.
In a way, all good essays are about the things that haunt us, that get under our skin and into our minds and won’t leave until we have at least in some small way embraced or understood them. Here, Noble considers the ways she has been haunted—by a near-death experience, the gaze of a nude model, thoughts of widowhood, Anne Boleyn’s violent death, a book she can’t stop reading, a past lover who shadows her thoughts—in essays both pleasant and bitter, traditional and lyrical, but always evocative and unforgettable.
- Politics and Prose, Washington, DC — Saturday 9 March at 6pm
- Red Weather Reading Series at Penn State, State College, PA — Monday 11 March at 6pm
- “Writing Into the Silences—A Reading of Recent Creative Nonfiction,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Portland, OR — 28 March
- Old Town Books, Alexandria, VA with Xu Xi reading from This Fish Is Fowl — Tuesday 2 April
- Why There Are Words series at Trade and Lore, Asheville, NC — Thursday 18 April
- Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC — Friday 19 April at 7pm
- NYU Bookstore with Xu Xi reading from This Fish is Fowl — Thursday 25 April at 6pm
- Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD — Saturday 18 May 2019
- Readings on the Pike, Arlington, VA — Monday 20 May 2019
- Why There Are Words series at the White Whale, Pittsburgh, PA — Saturday 25 May 2019
- Why There Are Words series, New York City — Sunday 7 July
- Poets in Pajamas series, online — Sunday 18 August
- “A Night of Nonfiction: Debut Author Readings & Discussion” at HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine), Lancaster, PA — Friday 23 August