WORD BK Presents: Thomas Kohnstamm and Maria Dahvana Headley for LAKE CITY

01/15/2019 - 7:30pm



The setting is Seattle's Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle's first wave of tech-boom gentrification--a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood--Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). In his childhood bedroom in his mother's decrepit old house, the idealistic but self-serving striver Lane licks his wounds and hatches a plot.

He discovers a precarious path forward when he is contracted by a wealthy adoptive couple to seduce and sabotage a troubled birth mother from his neighborhood. Lane soon finds himself in a zero-sum game between the families as he straddles two cultures, classes, and worlds. Until finally, with the well-being of the toddler at stake, Lane must choose between wanting to do the right thing (if he could only figure out what that is) and reclaiming the life of privilege he so recently had and, he feels, so richly deserves.

Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including Lake City. If you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase the admission voucher. 


Thomas was an experienced travel writer when Broadway Books released his travel memoir Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Kohnstamm was a 2017 fellow at the Sundance “New Voices” Lab and runs a studio where he writes and produces video and multimedia for clients like Xbox and Minecraft. Lake City is his first novel. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.


Maria Dahvana Headley is a New York Times-bestselling author and editor, playwright and screenwriter. Her Nebula, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Award-shortlisted fiction has been anthologized in many years bests, and appeared in Lightspeed, Uncanny, Nightmare, Tor.com, Shimmer, Apex, Clarkesworld, the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Subterranean Online, and the Toast. Her essays have been published and covered in venues ranging from The New York Times to Harvard's Nieman Storyboard, and range from creative nonfiction to analysis of topics such as the ethics of writing about a vulnerable subject, inequitable gender representation in mainstream media, and sexual harassment in geek culture. She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, and Arte Studio Ginestrelle, among other organizations. 


Lake City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091429
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 8th, 2019

"Lake City is a darkly funny and extremely relevant debut novel about American inequality and moral authority, featuring a sad-sack antihero who takes way too long to grow up.

SKU: lakevoucher

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including LAKE CITY. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher. 

The Mere Wife: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374208431
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - July 17th, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley presents a modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf, set in American suburbia as two mothers—a housewife and a battle-hardened veteran—fight to protect those they love in The Mere Wife.