Offsite: Marie-Helene Bertino with Kristin Keane at The Ruby

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at The Ruby in San Francisco's Mission District. RSVP for address.

Join us on Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm PT when we celebrate the release of Marie-Helene Bertino's novel, Beautyland, with Kristin Keane at The Ruby!

Free to Attend, RSVP is Required.
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About the Event
The Ruby and Green Apple Books present Marie-Helene Bertino! Bertino joins us for the release of her novel, Beautyland. 

We will celebrate with a reading, author talk, and Q+A, with signing line and socializing to follow. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

This event will be held at The Ruby in San Francisco's Mission District. The address will be shared with attendees in a reminder email. The Ruby's address is kept private for the safety of its members. Thank you for respecting this privacy. Proof of vaccination is required at The Ruby. 

About Beautyland
A wise, tender novel about a woman who doesn't feel at home on Earth, by the acclaimed author of Parakeet.

At the moment when Voyager 1 is launched into space carrying its famous golden record, a baby of unusual perception is born to a single mother in Philadelphia. Adina Giorno is tiny and jaundiced, but she reaches for warmth and light. As a child, she recognizes that she is different: She possesses knowledge of a faraway planet. The arrival of a fax machine enables her to contact her extraterrestrial relatives, beings who have sent her to report on the oddities of Earthlings.

For years, as she moves through the world and makes a life for herself among humans, she dispatches transmissions on the terrors and surprising joys of their existence. Then, at a precarious moment, a beloved friend urges Adina to share her
messages with the world. Is there a chance she is not alone?

Marie-Helene Bertino’s Beautyland is a novel of startling originality about the fragility and resilience of life on our Earth and in our universe. It is a remarkable evocation of the feeling of being in exile at home, and it introduces a gentle, unforgettable alien for our times.

About Marie-Helene Bertino
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Parakeet, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, and the story collection Safe as Houses. She was the 2017 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. She has received the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Mississippi Review Prize, and fellowships from MacDowell, Sewanee, and New York City’s Center for Fiction, and her work has twice been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches creative writing at New York University and Yale University and lives in Brooklyn. 

About Kristin Keane
Kristin Keane
is the author of An Encyclopedia of Bending Time, Luminaries, and is a contributor to the forthcoming compendium Double Features, about the work of photographer Patrick Pound. She has written for The Washington Post, Ploughshares, New England Review, Creative Nonfiction, Reading Research Quarterly, American Educator, The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Thinkers, and other publications. She earned a PhD from Stanford University.

About The Ruby
The Ruby is a collective of Bay Area nonbinary, transfeminine, and woman-identified creatives who have a desire to learn, curiosity, and a range of interests—and who continually seek enrichment. It's for those who are passionate about their creative and professional pursuits and want to share them with others, who value community and are interested in new friendships — especially outside of their chosen fields of work. More than just a workspace, The Ruby offers its members opportunities to learn new skills and engage over a communal table of food and drink made by local nonbinary, transfeminine, and woman-identified chefs, restaurateurs, and wine makers.

Free to Attend, RSVP is Required.
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Beautyland: A Novel By Marie-Helene Bertino Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374109288
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 16th, 2024

A Dakota Johnson x TeaTime Book Club Pick
A Must-Read: Nylon, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, BookRiot, The Christian Science Monitor, Our Culture, The Saturday Evening Post

An Encyclopedia of Bending Time By Kristin Keane Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985008906
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Barrelhouse Inc. - April 12th, 2022

When Kristin Keane lost her mother, she was devastated by the thought of never spending time with her again. She found herself turning to narratives about alternate universes and time travel-everything from quantum physics to Quantum Leap-in search of ways to reconnect, to bring back what was lost, to conjure up a world in which her mother still existed.

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