Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons

Now available is our fifth title, Tara Laskowski’s Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons. Sold Out!

Tara Laskowski explains, “There are many etiquette books from Emily Post and others that tell you what to do when attending a wedding, setting the table, asking for a promotion, introducing yourself at a party. What I became interested in is the darker side of etiquette—the way people conduct themselves in situations that Emily Post would never write about. This book started with the story ‘The Etiquette of Adultery.’ I loved that title and all that it suggested. Was there an etiquette, a set of unwritten rules, for a situation that seemed to break all the rules of a ‘decent’ society? From there, the collection grew—exploring the etiquette of obesity, dementia, infertility, arson, etc. These stories were really fun to write for two reasons. One, they allowed me to experiment with form, writing in small sections, chapters, definitions and other pieces of a suggested larger text. And two, I loved seeing how the characters emerged from each story. Each person in these ten stories ends up writing their own codes of etiquette, which I think is actually true in life. We all have our rules, our moral codes, our lines that we won’t cross. It’s when we cross those lines that things get really interesting.”

About the Author

Tara Laskowski was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She is the senior editor for the online literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly, and earned an MFA from George Mason University. She is the winner of the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series, and her stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C., with her husband, son, and two cats.