Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan

Lidia Yuknavitch: The Book of Joan

We are thrilled to cap off our spring reading season with an appearance by the author of the most talked-about book of the spring: Lidia Yuknavitch with her new novel The Book of Joan.

This provocative novel offers a vision of our near-extinction and a heroine -- a reimagined Joan of Arc -- poised to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed, and forever change history. The book raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival. The New York Times describes the novel as "brilliant and incendiary," and says it "speaks to the reader in raw, boldly honest terms." The review goes on to say " The Book of Joan has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and J.G. Ballard. Yet it's also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum."

Yuknavitch is the author of several award-winning books, including the novels The Small Backs of Children and Dora: A Headcase and the memoir The Chronology of Water. The Misfit's Manifesto, a book that grew out of her widely viewed Ted Talk, will be published in the fall. She received her doctorate in literature from the University of Oregon and  founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland.

We're expecting a large crowd for this reading, so we encourage you to come early!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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

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

Pre-order now! This book will publish in late October. 

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