Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café present a virtual book launch event with Lara Ehrlich, author of Animal Wife. This event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register to join the Crowdcast Stream. Lara will be in conversation with author Joy Baglio, whose work has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and many other publications, as well as being founder and director of the Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop. Additionally, throughout the talk local musicians, Kat & Brad, will perform a few of their songs!
To complete the virtual launch party atmosphere, we've partnered with Engine Room to offer the Animal Wife Cocktail Kit, which you can order on the day of the event to enjoy while watching the stream. The Animal Wife Cocktail Kit is 2 Stone Acres Farm Cosmos (Berkshire Vodka, Giffard Triple Sec, lemon juice, cranberry & Stone Acres lemon balm) paired with 1 order of Carolina Hush Puppies (fried Whit Davis Farm cornmeal fritter with rosemary-lemon maple butter). The Animal Wife Cocktail Kit is $25.00 plus tax, and can be ordered by clicking here on September 8th (kits will be ready for pickup approximately 15-20 minutes after you have placed your order).
Lara will be signing books ordered through our website. Plus, the first 25 copies of the book that are pre-ordered through Bank Square Books will recieve not only a signed, personalized copy, of Animal Wife but also a certificate for a doughnut from Young Buns Doughnuts (Mystic, CT)
About Animal Wife
“In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks,” said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealized alternative. The 15 stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds.
A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A proofreader cultivates a cage fighting alter ego. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den.
Many of the stories from Animal Wife have been published in literary magazines, including StoryQuarterly, Hunger Mountain, F(r)iction, and The Normal School, among others.
About Lara Ehrlich
Lara Ehrlich is the author of the short story collection Animal Wife, forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Animal Wife won Red Hen’s Fiction Award, judged by Ann Hood.
Lara’s stories are published in F(r)iction, Hunger Mountain, StoryQuarterly, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She is the winner of a 2019 IHAF In-House Creativity Award and numerous Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards for her feature writing. She has received scholarships from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, the Midwest Writers Workshop, and the Garret on the Green. She earned her BA from Boston University and her MA from the University of Chicago.
Lara lives in Connecticut, where she is the director of marketing for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.
About Virtual Events
To attend this virtual event, you will need access to the internet and a computer or other “smart” device to stream the content. If you are unfamiliar with the Crowdcast platform, consider reviewing their introductory materials here: Crowdcast for Attendees
"In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks," said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealized alternative.