PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE FOR A FUTURE DATE. In order to limit opportunities for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been cancelled. We are working with the author to reschedule to a later date this spring. Thank you.
Join us for a special Spring Book Group Mixer, which will not only feature Bookshop's recommendations for great reads, but also a talk and signing by author Rufi Thorpe (The Knockout Queen), who will also share her book group picks!
Bookshop's mixers are a great place to gather with your own and other local book groups to get fantastic ideas and reading recommendations. Bookshop staff and alums will cut through the buzz to highlight great fiction and non-fiction titles and help your book group find its next favorite. Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle, receive free giveaways, and get a coupon for 20% off all paperback books (good for that night only).
And, yes, there will also be wine and cheese!
RUFI THORPE received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. She is the author of Dear Fang, with Love and The Girls from Corona del Mar, which was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. A native of California, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons.
"Fearless, tender, and savagely alive, The Knockout Queen is unlike anything you'll read this year. Rufi Thorpe's third novel is about unruly thoughts and unruly bodies, about violence and love, about doing the wrong thing for the right reasons and the drag of human being. You won't be able to look away. You might even recognize yourself.”—Chloe Benjamin, best-selling author of The Immortalists
“The Knockout Queen is an intense, unflinching examination of friendship, the threads that connect us in such strange ways. Rufi Thorpe navigates this difficult terrain thanks to a masterful use of detail and a wonderfully dark sense of humor that lands at just the right moment. Michael and Bunny are two of the most unique characters I've ever met, drawn with such precision that it's impossible to leave them behind. This is a hypnotic, beautiful novel, and Rufi Thorpe is an unbelievably unique talent.”—Kevin Wilson, best-selling author of Nothing to See Here
“The Knockout Queen is the best book I've read in months! Its one-of-a-kind narrator is funny, vulnerable, brilliant, and brimming with longing, and the story he tells distills the pain and beauty of a life-changing friendship like nothing else I've read before. This book's got guts and heart, and wisdom for days, and I could not put it down. Rufi Thorpe is one of the most exciting novelists working today. This novel is truly exceptional. I loved it.”—Edan Lepucki, best-selling author of California and Woman No. 17
“Rufi Thorpe writes with a savage, clear-eyed calm that is frighteningly good. The Knockout Queen unsettled me in the most delicious way with its complex and satisfying relationships and meditation on violence, beauty, and privilege. Read it!!”—Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World
This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26th.