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Tuesday, September 1

Charlotte Laws discusses and signs Rebel in High Heels

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Rebel in High Heels is a memoir about Dr. Charlotte Laws-"the Erin Brockovich of revenge porn"-who was voted one of the "30 fiercest women in the world." She fought a dangerous war against "the most hated man on the Internet" to protect her daughter and other victims. She was bombarded with death threats and computer viruses and targeted by a stalker who appeared at her home. But who is this woman that MSNBC calls a hero? In addition to detailing her gripping revenge porn fight, this book chronicles the first 22 years of Laws' life. Her adoptive mother committed suicide, her little brother was killed, and her father's only comment was he wished it had been her. Laws' first boyfriend was pop idol Tom Jones. She has hobnobbed with the rich and famous. Though not born with VIP access, she taught herself how to gate-crash any event, anywhere, anytime. Rebel in High Heels is about perseverance and looking beyond oneself. It is about fighting for ones dreams, while striving to better the world.

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Wednesday, September 2

Ryan Berg in conversation with Carlos Sosa (of City X1)

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

In this lyrical debut, Ryan Berg immerses readers in the gritty, dangerous, and shockingly underreported world of homeless LGBTQ teens in New York. As a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBTQ teenagers, Berg witnessed the struggles, fears, and ambitions of these disconnected youth as they resisted the pull of the street, tottering between destruction and survival.  Focusing on the lives and loves of eight unforgettable youth, No House to Call My Home traces their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma. From Bella s fervent desire for stability to Christina s irrepressible dreams of stardom to Benny s continuing efforts to find someone to love him, Berg uncovers the real lives behind the harrowing statistics: over 4,000 youth are homeless in New York City43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.
Through these stories, Berg compels us to rethink the way we define privilege, identity, love, and family. Beyond the tears, bluster, and bravado, he reveals the force that allows them to carry on the irrepressible hope of youth.

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Thursday, September 3

Miranda July signs The First Bad Man

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

The instant New York Times bestseller is "astonishing...In one novel, Miranda July tells us more about our universal need to be loved, and our ability to love and be loved, than most earthbound authors will in a lifetime" (Vanity Fair).   In The First Bad Man, Miranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six; she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the women's self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years.  When Cheryl's bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl's eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee--the selfish, cruel blond bombshell--who teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime.  "Brilliant, hilarious, irreverent, piercing--"T""he First Bad Man" powers past sexual boundaries and gender identification into the surprising galaxy of primal connection" (O, The Oprah Magazine).   This is a spectacularly original, unsettling, accomplished, and moving first novel with a tender and beguiling happy ending.

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