Akashic Books & Punk Planet Books presentan evening of readings withLauren Sanders author of WITH OR WITHOUT YOU andBee Lavender author of LESSONS IN TAXIDERMYTuesday, April 12th, 7PMFREE
With or Without You combines the aching adolescent heart of The Catcher in the Rye with the dark suburban soul of The Great Gatsby–set against the starstruck voyeurism of American Idol. This book asks the quintessentially American question: Is life worth living if you can’t be famous?
LAUREN SANDERS’s highly acclaimed debut novel, Kamikaze Lust, won a 2000 Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including the American Book Review, Poets & Writers, and Time Out New York. She lives in Brooklyn.
Lessons in Taxidermy is the autobiographical tale of growing up destitute and sick in the Pacific Northwest. After surviving a rare genetic disorder and childhood cancer, Lavender retells the events of her tumultuous life–battling her illnesses, learning to fight, young motherhood–in fearless, unapologetic prose and gut-wrenching, yet darkly comic, detail.
Bee Lavender is the 33-year-old coeditor of two books, Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers and Mamaphonic. She is also the publisher of the online edition of Hip Mamamagazine. She also created and publishes Girl-Mom, an advocacy website for teen parents, and Yo Mama Says, a news and commentary website for activists.
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by Lauren Sanders
“I hate the term poetic, but Lauren Sanders’s writing has such a slick mean surface and her subject is such a truly bad girl, a murderer. I mean, so that poetic suits With or Without You just fine. It’s a hot poetic book I wouldn’t kick out of bed.”
–Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls
LESSONS IN TAXIDERMY by Bee Lavender
“Bee Lavender is a fantastic writer. Her work is deep and personal and I don’t think there are any places she’s scared to go.”
–Michelle Tea, author of Rent Girl
Both authors will be reading and signing their new books at the event.