Crissy Van Meter Author Event

Join Crissy Van Meter on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm for a reading & signing of her debut novel Creatures. Crissy will be in conversation with local author Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt).

About the Book: On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding, on the shore of Winter Island, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, in this mesmerizing, provocative debut, the narrative flows back and forth through time as Evie reckons with her complicated upbringing in this lush, wild land off the coast of Southern California. Evie grew up with her well-meaning but negligent father, surviving on the money he made dealing the island’s world-famous strain of weed, Winter Wonderland. Although her father raised her with a deep respect for the elements, the sea, and the creatures living within it, he also left her to parent herself. With wit, love, and bracing flashes of anger, Creatures probes the complexities of love and abandonment, guilt and forgiveness, betrayal and grief—and the ways in which our childhoods can threaten our ability to love if we are not brave enough to conquer the past. Lyrical, darkly funny, and ultimately cathartic, Creatures exerts a pull as strong as the tides.

About the Author: Crissy Van Meter grew up in Southern California. Her writing has appeared in ViceBustleGuernica, and Catapult. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School. She lives in Los Angeles.

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ANDREA BOBOTIS was born and raised in South Carolina and received her PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia. Her novel was the runner-up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2014. Andrea now lives in Denver, where she teaches with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

About The Last List of Miss Judith KrattJudith Kratt inherited all the Kratt family had to offer—the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talks about—and she knows in her old bones that it's time to make an inventory of her household and its valuables. But she finds that cataloging the family belongings—as well as their misfortunes—won't contain her family's secrets, not when her wayward sister suddenly returns, determined to expose skeletons that the Kratts had hoped to take to the grave. Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together the influence of her family on their small South Carolina cotton town, learning that the devastating effects of dark family secrets can last a lifetime and beyond.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208592
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - January 7th, 2020

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492678861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 9th, 2019