VIRTUAL: Yi Shun Lai (Pin Ups) in conversation with Pam Mandel (The Same River Twice)

Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café present a virtual author talk and Q&A with Yi Shun Lai, author of Pin Ups and Pam Mandel, author of The Same River TwiceThis event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register to join the Zoom

About Pin Ups

When Yi Shun Lai was old enough, her mother bought her a subscription to 'Teen magazine, in the hopes that she'd shed her tomboy skin to reveal a polished young lady. But Lai cut out all the wrong articles--girls on BMX bikes, girls on the gridiron, girls on the ski slopes and in the ocean--and these women became her role models. Pin Ups is the story of Lai's quest to join these women in their ranks.

About the Yi Shun Lai

Yi Shun Lai (say "yeeshun" for her first name) is the author of a memoir, Pin Ups (Homebound Publications, 2020) and a novel ( Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu (Shade Mountain Press, 2016). She is a writer and editor living in Southern California. Her column about writing and publishing, "From the Front Lines," appears every month in The Writer magazine. She teaches in the MFA programs at Bay Path and Southern New Hampshire Universities, and at weekend retreats around the country. She was, for a time, the youngest-ever writer for the legendary J. Peterman catalog. And that was before "Seinfeld" discovered it.

About The Same River Twice

Fresh out of high school, Pam Mandel had no particular plans for the future. Not knowing where it would take her, she said yes to a summer kibbutz program in Israel. That choice cracked open a world of hard work and hitch‑hiking, of mean boyfriends and dirty travel, of unfolding the map and walking to its edges. Mandel undertakes an unguided journey through far away places, night shifts, language lessons, and bad decisions in a search to feel real, visible, alive.

With no guidance and no particular plan, utterly unprepared for what lies ahead, Mandel embarks on an adventure across three continents and thousands of miles, from a cold water London flat to rural Pakistan, from the Nile River Delta to the snowy peaks of Ladakh and finally, back home to California, determined to shape a life that is truly hers.

An extraordinary memoir of going away and growing up, The Same River Twice follows Mandel’s tangled journey and shows how travel teaches and changes us, even while it helps us become exactly who we have been all along.

About Pam Mandel

Pam Mandel started her career as a travel writer in the mid 90’s with her blog:  www.nerdseyeview.com. She’s since had her stories published by AFAR, Lonely Planet, AAA, Seattle Met, Sunset, and across the web. Her essays have been included in Ghosts of Seattle Past and The Best Women's Travel Writing. She’s been to all seven continents and is as surprised by that as anyone. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with a rescue dog named Harley and too many ukuleles.  

 

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Pin Ups Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781947003897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Bound Books - September 8th, 2020

When Yi Shun Lai was old enough, her mother bought her a subscription to ‘Teen magazine, in the hopes that she’d shed her tomboy skin to reveal a polished young lady. But Lai cut out all the wrong articles—girls on BMX bikes, girls on the gridiron, girls on the ski slopes and in the ocean—and these women became her role models.


The Same River Twice: A Memoir of Dirtbag Backpackers, Bomb Shelters, and Bad Travel Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510760059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Skyhorse - November 3rd, 2020

Acclaimed travel writer Pam Mandel's thrilling account of a life-defining journey from the California suburbs to Israel to the Himalayan peaks and back.

Given the choice, Pam Mandel would say no and stay home.