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Monday, May 4

Marian Lindberg presents and signs The End of the Rainy Season: Discovering My Family's Hidden Past in Brazil

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Marian Lindberg grew up being told that Walter Lindberg, the man who raised her father, was a brave explorer who had been murdered in the Amazon. She took her father's claims at face value, basking in her exotic roots, until she started to notice things. The unverified legend became a riddle she couldn't solve.  As Lindberg moved from journalism to law, fell in love, and sought a family of her own, her father repeatedly interfered. He had a closed vision of his family, and she--unlike the silent Walter--was breaking out.  Yet her father's story of the past haunted Lindberg. Long after her father's death, Lindberg set off for the Amazon, determined to find out the truth about Walter. Aided by generous Brazilians who adopted her search as if it were their own, she discovered as much about herself and her family as about Walter, whose true role in Brazil's history turned out to be unexpected and deeply troubling. 

Sharply observant, wrought with honesty, and sweeping in its ambitions, The End of the Rainy Season is a powerful examination of identity and human relationships with nature, and between one another. (Soft Skull Press)

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Friday, May 8

The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Leon Logothesis presents and signs The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World.

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.
 Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

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Sunday, May 10

Mother Knows Best

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

12:30pm

Sarah Tomlinson, author of Good Girl will be leading this afternoon of readings and will be joined by Katey Sagal (author of a forthcoming book of personal essays); Jillian Lauren (author of Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted); Claire Bidwell Smith (author of The Rules of Inheritance, After This);  and Natashia Deon (author of the forthcoming Sweat Tea and Honey).  

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