WORD BK Presents: Domenica Ruta for LAST DAY

06/13/2019 - 7:30pm


WORD is excited to welcome Domenica Ruta to Greenpoint for a discussion of her new book Last Day. She will be joined in conversation by fellow author Leigh Newman.

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Last Day OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


In Last Day, the end of the world comes once a year, on May 28th. Or at least, that’s why millions of humans across the planet come together to celebrate. Once rumored to be the day of the actual apocalypse, modern-day Last Day has become an excuse to attend potluck picnics and get questionable tattoos. Though for some, Last Day is still a time to make amends, to come together as if it really were the last day of existence. And so on this Last Day, Ruta introduces us to a band of seemingly unconnected people, each searching for something they can’t quite pin down.

Bookish wunderkind Sarah is looking for love from the much older Kurt, a tattoo artist she met at last year’s Last Day BBQ—but he’s still trying to make amends to the family he destroyed long ago. Former Jehovah’s Witness Rosette thinks her new church, the Last Kingdom on Earth, might be just the thing to help her misfit friend Karen, but this morning, the voices in Karen’s head whispered the name of her long-lost adoptive brother, and she’s plotting to set out and find him.

Miles above them all, astronaut Bear, cosmonaut Svec, and billionaire Japanese space tourist Yui are the only ones left on the International Space Station, watching from afar as life on earth continues on without them.

An exhilarating portrait of human connection, Last Day is part A Visit from the Goon Squad and part Station Eleven. The result is one of the most fearlessly imagined and affecting books of the year.


Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston. Her mother, Kathi, was a notorious drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her stories have appeared in the Boston Review, the Indiana Review, and Epoch, and she been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and Hedgebrook. The author of the New York Times bestselling memoir With or Without You, a darkly hilarious mother-daughter story and a chronicle of a misfit ‘90s youth, she lives in New York.


Leigh Newman’s memoir about Alaska Still Points North was a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle John Leonard Prize. Her short stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in One Story, Tin House, The New York Times, Fiction, New York Tyrant, Vogue, O The Oprah Magazine, Bookforum, and others. She has received fellowships from Breadloaf and the Corporation of Yaddo. She currently serves as Books Editor of Oprah.com and is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Black Balloon Books at Catapult Publishing. Formerly, she taught in the creative writing programs at Sarah Lawrence, New York University and Pratt Institute.


Last Day: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525510819
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - May 28th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in “a darkly glittering novel” (The New York Times) that brings to mind Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles.

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