In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Café leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution’s poster child.
Book Launch: GIRL BOY GIRL: How I Became JT LeRoy By Savannah Knoop in Conversation with Director Justin Kelly
Join Savannah Knoop for the exciting re-issue of the Girl Boy Girl on which the upcoming film JT LeRoy, starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, is based. When Savannah Knoop was unmasked as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy in 2005, one of the biggest literary hoaxes of the modern era was revealed. Girl Boy Girl tells the story of how a young, queer college dropout came to portray the literary wunderkind JT LeRoy, a persona created by her sister-in-law. For six years, Knoop led a secret double life, traveling through the looking glass of celebrity to find liberation and alienation in equal measures. Knoop’s entanglement with JT and his creator was a game played at the very limits of self-expression, one that changed Knoop’s sense of self forever.
We are proud to host the launch of Dumbo resident Marisa Ramel’s debut memoir! The Goodbye Diaries is a poignant look at her relationship with her mother, Sally Bardach, as Sally is given two months to live. Called “beautiful, wise, tender and true” by Cheryl Strayed, The Goodbye Diaries is a glimpse into both sides of terminal illness, the unique grief, frustration and intimacy between the one leaving and the one left. A fierce and heartbreaking book, and one you won’t soon forget.
Join brilliant lexicographers and self-proclaimed “word nerds” Jane Soloman and Kory Stamper for a night of trivia, prizes and discussion about all things language as well as their new book, The Dictionary of Difficult Words. Come celebrate the beauty and bizarreness of the English language, and maybe even expand your vocabulary in the process.
Exiles of Eden looks at the origin story of Adam, Eve, and their exile from the Garden of Eden, exploring displacement and alienation from its mythological origins to the present. In this formally experimental collection steeped in Somali narrative tradition, Osman gives voice to the experiences and traumas of displaced people over multiple generations. The characters in these luminous poems encounter exile’s strangeness while processing the profoundly isolating experience of knowing that that once you are sent out of Eden, you can’t go back.