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The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents an author talk and book signing with award-winning author Scott Alexander Hess, author of two newly-released and highly anticipated novellas, The Root of Everything and Lightning.
In this pair of thematically-connected novellas that explore family, destiny, and a connection to nature and the land, Hess provides a richly-textured portrait of the shifting landscape of the 20th century American Dream.
The Root of Everything is a multi-generational saga of fathers and sons throughout the decades—from the 1900s to 1990s—as they leave Germany’s Black Forest for the lumberyards of Missouri and experience tragedy, triumph, forbidden love, and hard-earned reckonings. In Lightning, a young man in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1918 faces the death of multiple family members in one momentous year. Driven by his deep love for horses and his emerging feelings for another man, when he is offered a chance to move to New York City, it forces him to face his true destiny.
Shot through with layers of grief and passion and featuring exciting landscapes and old-world mysticism, The Root of Everything and Lightning are journeys into the loves, losses, and twists of fate that define us. With deft emotional insight and lyrical descriptions, Hess tells stories as deep as the Missouri River and as wide-ranging as the Wild American West.
About the Author: Scott Alexander Hess is the author of five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Butcher’s Sons, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, Thema Literary Review, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote “Tom in America,” an award-winning short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. He teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers Workshop and curates Hot Lit, an LGBTQ+ themed monthly newsletter. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess lives in New York City with his husband.
This is a sober-social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Alcohol will not be present.
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
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