On Thursday, August 16th at 7:00pm, BookShop West Portal is hosting Jo Piazza, the author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. In a rave review published last weekend, Salon called it "the essential political novel for the 2018 midterms." It's about a Silicon Valley executive who returns to her Pennsylvania hometown for a Senate run. To celebrate the publication of this timely novel, we are putting together a small panel to join Jo in discussion. Jo says, "The discussion is less about the book and more a rousing discussion about the challenges facing women running for office." Other panelists include Lindsay Lassman, political fundraiser; Kimberly Ellis, former Executive Director of Emerge CA; and Judson True, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Assemblymember David Chiu.
Essayist and fiction writer Kim Brooks will discuss what happened when she made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. It would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood. Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of contemporary parenthood. Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks's own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children.