Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich at Edinburgh International Book Festival

  • Studio Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
    Studio Theatre
    Edinburgh, EH8 9FT UNITED KINGDOM
  • 12/08/2017 20:45 - 12/08/2017 21:45


The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent of the death penalty, she was shocked to find herself overcome by the urge to see him dead. Digging deeper into the man's case, she realized something in his story was unsettlingly familiar. Marzano-Lesnevich reveals how her experience forced her to face her own story and unearth long-buried family secrets. She talks to Val McDermid.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in creative writing, an award given for her work on The Fact of a Body. Other honours in support of this, her first book, include a Rona Jaffe Award, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, as well as fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center and Yaddo. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Oxford American, Salon and the anthology True Crime. She has a JD from Harvard, an MFA from Emerson and a BA from Columbia University. Alexandria currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches memoir writing at Grub Street and teaches graduate public policy students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.