Sitting over a dying body as she tells her story, Del Hanks is on the verge of academic tenure but at forty-two, 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 sexual exploitation, manipulation, and the subtle machinations of power that play through the lens of academia. It is at once poetic, tragic, disturbing and funny.
Maureen Medved is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright as well as an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Her debut novel, The Tracey Fragments, was published by House of Anansi Press, and Maureen's 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. In 2009, Medved received the Artistic Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television, Vancouver. Medved lives in Vancouver and is currently completing a third novel.
Praise for The Tracey Fragments, the film (script by Medved, based on her novel):
"A tough watch, but a rewarding one... " (The Toronto Star)
"Powerful... fierce, enigmatic and affecting." (The New York Times)
Praise for The Tracey Fragments, the book:
"Medved's debut novel provides an eerie glimpse of a raging  adolescent psyche... skillfully blends Tracey's frenzied facts and fictions into a cohesive portrait of a  teenager on the verge of imploding... a taut, harrowing narrative." (Publisher's Weekly)
"A high-octane jaunt through the remnants of a mind shattered by trauma." (The Globe and Mail)
"Tracey's voice is acerbic, funny and totally convincing. Anyone who has been or has known a bitter and confused teenager will know where she's coming from." (Toronto Star)
"Medved brilliantly conveys the rage and frustration of a self-conscious young girl... The effect is like digging through a box full of broken stained glass and finding an exquisite shard every time." (Vancouver Magazine)