Nina MacLaughlin

Cindy Seip

Nina MacLaughlin is the author of the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter. Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she is a books columnist for the Boston Globe and has written for publications including the Paris Review Daily, the Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Bookslut, the Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. She was also recognized in Refinery29’s list of “21 New Authors You Need to Know.”  In her latest book, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung (FSG Originals) the women of Ovid’s Metamorphoses claim their stories and challenge the power of myth. Seductresses and she-monsters, nymphs and demi-goddesses, populate the famous myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. But what happens when the story of the chase comes in the voice of the woman fleeing her rape? When the beloved coolly returns the seducer’s gaze? When tales of monstrous transfiguration are sung by those transformed? In voices both mythic and modern, Wake, Siren revisits each account of love, loss, rape, revenge, and change. It lays bare the violence that undergirds and lurks in the heart of Ovid’s narratives, stories that helped build and perpetuate the distorted portrayal of women across centuries of art and literature.