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A Reading with Chachi Hauser
March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us Monday, March 6th at 6 pm for a reading with Chachi Hauser, author of It’s Fun to Be a Person I Don’t Know!
This event is free to attend.
At first glance a reader might mistake It’s Fun to Be a Person I Don’t Know for a juicy Hollywood tell-all, given Chachi D. Hauser’s background as the great-granddaughter of Roy Disney, a cofounder with his brother Walt of the Walt Disney Company. And to her credit, Hauser doesn’t shy away from confronting painful family memories when considering how the stories, myths, and rumors surrounding this entertainment empire have influenced her own imagination. But family history is only one strand in this intricate and variegated weave that also interlaces the social and environmental history of Hauser’s adopted hometown of New Orleans, intimate reflections on love and navigating open relationships, and a searing self-examination that reveals a gender fluidity chafing against social barriers.
Hauser’s innovative and multifaceted narrative navigates a variety of terrains, seeking truth as its final destination. While the family company excels in fantasy, Hauser’s story is that of a young documentary filmmaker determined to train a sharply focused lens on the reality of her lived experiences.
Chachi D. Hauser (she/her) is a writer and filmmaker born in NYC, now based between New Orleans and Paris. Chachi’s first book, It’s fun to be a person I don’t know, will be published in March 2023 by the University of Nebraska Press in their American Lives Series. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her essays have appeared in Hobart, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, The Writer’s Chronicle, among others. She’s one of the producers of Hollow Tree, a feature documentary about three young women coming of age into a new climate reality in Louisiana, which has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, among others, and won the Best Louisiana Feature Jury and Audience Awards at the 2022 New Orleans Film Festival. Chachi graduated with honors in film studies from Wesleyan University and completed her MFA in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing and filmmaking explore topics of gender, environment, identity, family, and the imagination with a passion for exploring the wild // fluid // in-between places.