Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch, The Misfit's Manifesto


Broadway Books is thrilled to welcome Lidia Yuknavitch back to the store on Monday, November 6th, at 7 pm to read from her newest book, The Misfit’s Manifesto, published by Simon and Schuster. The book is based on her TED Talk, which has been viewed more than two million times to date. Yuknavitch is also the author of the award-winning novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water. She will be joined at the reading by three misfits: Jason Arias, Zach Ellis, and Mary J.E. Thompson.

Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That wasn’t always the case. It took her a long time to not simply accept but appreciate her misfit status. The feeling of not fitting in is universal. This new book is for misfits around the world – the rebels, the eccentrics, the oddballs, and anyone who has ever felt like a complete mess-up. It’s her love letter to those who can’t ever seem to find the “right” path. The book reveals why being a misfit is not something to overcome but rather something to embrace. And she reminds us that  misfits belong in the room too, even if their path to that room is bumpy and winding.

Jason Arias lives in Portland. Some of his previous work has appeared in Blue Skirt Productions, Nailed, Nashville Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, and Perceptions Magazine. Zach Ellis also lives in Portland and writes creative nonfiction. He is the author of Being, a memoir published by Instant Future. His work has appeared in Rad Dad, The Gravity of the thing, The Nervous Breakdown, and Nailed. Mary J.E. Thompson is a Portland native and a tribal member of the Western Cherokee. She is a mother, grandmother, and student at Marylhurst University currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.

Please note: The store will close at 5:30 pm  to set up for this event, with doors re-opening at 6 pm for the 7 pm event. No ticket is required.


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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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The Misfit's Manifesto (TED Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501120060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/ TED - October 24th, 2017

The Book of Joan: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062383273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

The Small Backs of Children: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062383259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - July 26th, 2016

Dora: A Headcase Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chuck Palahniuk (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780983477570
Availability: We can typically get this book within 1 to 5 days
Published: Hawthorne Books - August 7th, 2012

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780979018831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011