Thursday, September 10, 7pm CDT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page
Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis native Eric Von Schrader, who will discuss his new book, A Universe Less Traveled, on Facebook Live at 7pm CDT on September 10. Von Schrader will be in conversation with KDHX Earthworms' host Jean Ponzi. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of A Universe Less Traveled from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
What if there were another world, almost like ours, but not quite? It brushes up against us, like the tail end of a dream, but stays just barely out of reach.
What if you found a way to go there?
Billy Boustany stumbles upon the ability to slip into a surprising new version of his sleepy midwestern city. He begins a journey that is most fun he's had in years. Then it turns into an obsession that upends his life, his family, and everything he knows.
A Universe Less Traveled tells Billy's story, framed by tales of other accidental travelers to this mysterious city, and provides a glimpse into an alternate history of the twentieth century.
Looking for an escape from the troubles of his failing business, Billy discovers a teeming metropolis with iridescent skyscrapers and throngs of immigrants and tourists from all over the world. As he explores, he meets peculiar allies and experiences raucous celebrations. Billy questions his sanity as he struggles to make sense of this bizarre world. Though he fears screwing up his adventure, he lets his college student daughter in on the secret. Together they go further into this amazing place, until they reach the ultimate destination, a magnificent city of Native Americans that has sprung up at an ancient site. There she begins a relationship with a handsome young man with a startling plan.
Billy also meets a formidable enemy - the Knights, a shadowy organization with a mission to keep people like him out of their world. They reveal how the two worlds diverged a century ago and warn him to stay away at all costs.
When his daughter disappears at the hands of the Knights, Billy and his wife go on a frantic search to find her in the other city. It leads to heartbreak, then to a new beginning.
In his career, Eric Von Schrader has made documentary films, produced television shows, and worked as an instructional design consultant. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent most of his life there. Eric has always been fascinated by the older parts of the city and their echoes of a lost world. A few years ago, Eric's wife and he moved to Carpinteria, California. They've always wanted to live by the ocean. Still, the neighborhoods and streets of St. Louis are etched deep into his brain.
Jean Ponzi has been an environmental advocate and resource person for the greater St. Louis community for over 30 years. As her volunteer community service, Jean produces and hosts the enviro-interview show Earthworms for KDHX St. Louis Independent Media. On her job as Green Resources Manager for the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden, she coaches sustainable thinking and practice for businesses of all kinds through the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, and connects her fellow humans to nature as a Garden team leader of the regional initiative, BiodiverseCity St. Louis. Her column Earthworms Castings has been a local feature in The Healthy Planet Magazine since 1997. She has also written for GreenBiz.com, Missouri Resources, and professional magazines including The Designer, Home Energy, and the online environmental digest Grist.
All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).