David Laskin with Deb Caletti

Seattle writer David Laskin, author of ten quite varied non-fiction  books over a thirty-year span, including The Children’s Blizzard, The Long Way Home, and The Family, tonight reads from and discusses his first novel, What Sammy Knew (Penguin). He does so in the good virtual company of award-winning YA and adult Seattle novelist Deb Caletti. This coming-of-age novel tells the story of a young man coming into adulthood in all manner of ways as the 1960s become the 1970s, and he goes from relatively sheltered suburban Long Island to all kinds of doings - sexual, political, would-be revolutionary - in Manhattan’s East Village.

“Laskin’s narrative captures it all–the fervor, the drugs, the sex, the politics, the magic, the tragedy of the 60s and 70s and most of all the angst of that wonderful, terrible time. A fun, transporting, and evocative read.” –Daniel James Brown.

“A powerful coming-of-age novel that’s shockingly contemporary and undeniably relevant. Both brilliantly complex and relentlessly page-turning, devastating and tender.” —Deb Caletti.

As for the much-honored Deb Caletti’s own writing, she in 2020 has had two novels released, Girl, Unframed (Simon & Schuster) and The Weird in the Wilds (Putnam), with One Great Lie (Simon & Schuster) due out in 2021.


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What Sammy Knew: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143135500
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 16th, 2021

Girl, Unframed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534426979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
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