VIRTUAL: Vanessa Veselka (The Great Offshore Grounds) Author Talk and Q&A

Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café present a virtual author talk and Q&A with Vanessa Veselka, author of The Great Offshore GroundsThis event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register to join the Crowdcast Stream.

Copies of Vanessa's book that are purchased through the event links will receive a signed bookplate.

About the Book

A wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a long tradition of family narratives and casts new light on the mythologies--national, individual, and collective--that drive and define us.

On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two have seen each other. Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage and a series of dead ends. Livy works refinishing boats, her resentment against her freeloading sister growing as she tamps down dreams of fishing off the coast of Alaska. But the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what's theirs. Except, instead of money, what their father gives them is information--a name--which both reveals a stunning family secret and compels them to come to grips with it. In the face of their new reality, the sisters and their adopted brother each set out on journeys that will test their faith in one another, as well as their definitions of freedom.

Moving from Seattle's underground to the docks of the Far North, from the hideaways of the southern swamps to the storied reaches of the Great Offshore Grounds, Vanessa Veselka spins a tale with boundless verve, linguistic vitality, and undeniable tenderness.

About the Author

VANESSA VESELKA is the author of the novel Zazen, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and ZYZZYVA, and her nonfiction in GQ, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Atavist, and was included in Best American Essays and the anthology Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex worker, a union organizer, an independent record label owner, a train hopper, a waitress, and a mother. She lives in Portland, OR.

About Virtual Events

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 6:30pm
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The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD!

A wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a long tradition of family narratives and casts new light on the mythologies—national, individual, and collective—that drive and define us.