Kimi Eisele: The Lightest Object in the Universe (with Caroline Leavitt)

Tuesday July 30: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Buy a copy of The Lightest Object in the Universe or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. The event will take place in the 2nd Floor Art Department, accessible through our main store entrance.

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, The Lightest Object in the Universe imagines what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down.

In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find to Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they’ll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. While Carson travels west, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning.

Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson find their way to each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the lovers. 

The Lightest Object in the Universe is a moving and hopeful story about resilience and adaptation and a testament to the power of community, where our best traits, born of necessity, can begin to emerge.

Join us on the 2nd floor as Kimi Eisele is interviewed by author Caroline Leavitt!

Kimi Eisele is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Tucson, Arizona focusing on the perceived separation between humans and the natural world. She has directed multiple dance projects and is the co-founder of Movement Salon. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her visual artistic work including the "Lumie" Award and the Artist Project Grant.  Eisele is a published essayist and editor and The Lights Object in the Universe is her first novel. 

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over nine titles. Leavitt has been a judge in both the Writers' Voice Fiction Awards in New York City and the Midatlantic Arts Grants in Fiction. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford University and UCLA Extension Writers Program, as well as working with writers privately.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of The Lightest Object in the Universe or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 2nd floor Art Department at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.