Thursday, January 10
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Thomas Kohnstamm to discuss his new new book Lake City, on Thursday, January 10th at 7pm. He will be in conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman.
The setting is Seattle's Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle's first wave of tech-boom gentrification--a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood--Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). In his childhood bedroom in his mother's decrepit old house, the idealistic but self-serving striver Lane licks his wounds and hatches a plot. He discovers a precarious path forward when he is contracted by a wealthy adoptive couple to seduce and sabotage a troubled birth mother from his neighborhood. Lane soon finds himself in a zero-sum game between the families as he straddles two cultures, classes, and worlds. Until finally, with the well-being of the toddler at stake, Lane must choose between wanting to do the right thing (if he could only figure out what that is) and reclaiming the life of privilege he so recently had and, he feels, so richly deserves.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
THOMAS KOHNSTAMM was an experienced travel writer when Broadway Books released his travel memoir Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Kohnstamm was a 2017 fellow at the Sundance New Voices Lab and currently maintains a studio where he writes feature articles and produces video for clients like Xbox and Minecraft. Lake City is his first novel. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Stuart Schuffman, popularly known as Broke-Ass Stuart, is a contemporary American travel writer and blogger known for his guide book Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco, of which he released two versions in zine form and one in book form. His travel documentary television series Young, Broke & Beautiful debuted in June 2011 on IFC.
His zines won "Best Local Zine" in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's yearly "Best of the Bay" issue. He has been described as an "SF cult hero" and “the pimp daddy of budget travel". He contributed to Lonely Planet's books Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring for which he did the Ireland chapters. Schuffman's travel writings are mostly in first-person narrative form, with stories and information. In 2008, he released Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City. His adage, seen on his websites and all of his merchandise, is “You are Young, Broke and Beautiful.”