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Events

Sean Michaels Reading - Booksmith

Monday, July 28th, 7:30pm

Booksmith
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia and away from the love of his life, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of electricity, romance and the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. Steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, Sean Michaels’s debut novel explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to survive.

Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything— it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor’s manual, a creation myth, and an obituary—but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story. Sean Michaels orchestrates his first novel like a virtuoso.”

—Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


Lacy M. Johnson Reading - BookPeople

Tuesday, July 29th, 7:00pm

BookPeople
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703

“Wow. Just…Wow. The Other Side is the sonic boom of a powerful story meeting an even more powerful storyteller. It’s hard to say anything about a book that leaves you this breathless. Lacy Johnson is my new literary hero.”

—Mat Johnson, author of PYM

Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a soundproofed room in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson’s kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women.