Maureen Medved is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and associate professor in the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. She has written essays on television and film. Her debut novel, The Tracey Fragments, was published in 1998, and her screen adaptation (directed by Bruce MacDonald and starring Ellen Page) opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival and won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. She has a nonfiction collection slated for a 2019 release.
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Reviews of Black Star:
- “In Medved’s version of the academy, there is no collective moral purchase because no one is tending the truth” – In Quill & Quire
- “The interrogation of sexual power dynamics in the realm of academia could not be more relevant to the current cultural moment and Medved is merciless in dissecting the extent to which past wounds redound on Del in the present” – In the Hamilton Review of Books
- “A University of British Columbia professor whose previous novel, The Tracey Fragments, appeared in 1998, Medved is merciless and uproarious even as the situation she’s portraying tips toward oblivion” – In the Toronto Star
- “I am also very interested in women’s voices. Women’s rage and the buried sorrow and loss and betrayal under the rage” – On Rob McLennan’s blog
- “Black Star is a five-part novel, a dark comedy, about a female philosopher on the verge of tenure who goes through an ethical crisis while working on a book about ethics” – On the UBC Creative Writing Website
- “I’m always interested in people who don’t quite fit in” – On All Lit Up
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.