WBEZ | Cris Mazza http://www.wbez.org/tags/cris-mazza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Novelist Chris Mazza tackles exploitation in new novel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-19/novelist-chris-mazza-tackles-exploitation-new-novel-86752 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/cris-mazza.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p><em>A correction has been made to this story.</em></p></div><p>Hester Smith knows a thing or two about failure. She’s ended up working at a greenhouse near the Mexican border despite a promising start in higher education. There she discovers a thriving business, not in plants, but in Mexican sex slaves. As Hester ponders what to do about the illegal trafficking, she journeys back to her experience with sexual harassment.</p><p>Hester and her various dilemmas are at the center of the new novel <a href="http://www.cris-mazza.com/excerpts.html" target="_blank"><em>Various Men Who Knew us as Girls</em></a>. It’s the latest from Cris Mazza, who runs the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Program of Writers. Book Critic Donna Seaman recently spoke with Mazza about her new novel.<br> <br> On Friday, May 20, Chris Mazza will read from <em>Various Men Who Knew us as Girls</em> at <a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/chris-mazza-and-elise-blackwell" target="_blank">The Book Cellar</a> in Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: Album Leaf, "Writing On The Wall", from the CD Into The Blue Again, (Sub Pop)<br> <br> Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Chris Mazza's name. </em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-19/novelist-chris-mazza-tackles-exploitation-new-novel-86752