Gabe Montesanti - Brace for Impact LAUNCH EVENT

Thursday, May 26, 7pm CT
In person at .ZACK Performing Arts Theatre
3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
Left Bank Books welcomes queer St. Louis roller derby player and Washington University MFA alum
Gabe Montesanti,
who will discuss her debut memoir,
Brace for Impact: A Memoir,
in person at .ZACK Performing Arts Theatre
and virtually at 7pm CT on May 26th.
This is the LAUNCH EVENT to celebrate this powerful and redemptive story!
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
Gabe Montesanti is a queer Midwestern roller derby player. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from Washington University in St. Louis. Her piece "The Worldwide Roller Derby Convention" was recognized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays. She lives in St. Louis with her wife.

A powerful and redemptive story of how the dazzling world of roller derby helped one young woman transform her fear and self-doubt into gutsy, big-hearted, adventurous living

"A universal story of healing and triumph, made all the more beautiful, wild, and free by Gabe's fierce love for roller derby and her team, who become her family."--ABBY WAMBACH, Olympian, activist, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wolfpack

Growing up queer in a conservative Midwestern town, Gabe Montesanti never felt comfortable in her own skin. A competitive swimmer, she turned to perfectionism and self-control to create a sense of safety, only to develop an eating disorder and constantly second-guess her instincts. When she enters graduate school in St. Louis, she is determined to put the baggage of her childhood behind her. With no prior experience, she joins Arch Rival, one of the top-ranked roller derby leagues in the world. Gabe instantly falls in love with the sport's roughness, intensity, and open embrace of people who are literally and figuratively scarred. She soon finds community and a sense of belonging, reveling in the tattoos, glitter, and campiness.

But when Gabe suffers a catastrophic injury, she can no longer ignore the parallels between the physicality of roller derby and the unresolved trauma of her upbringing. Rendered inactive, forced to be still, Gabe realizes she needs to heal her emotional wounds as much as her physical ones; she must confront her fear and self-diminishment in order to feel truly alive.

Told with unflinching honesty and a giant dose of wonder, Brace for Impact is a tender, inspiring memoir about the everyday heroism of pursuing a life less ordinary, and the deeply human need to be at peace with who you are.

For the in-person event, the presentation and conversation will start at 7pm at the .ZACK, 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103. Vaccination and masks are required for in-person attendees.

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

3224 Locust St.
Saint Louis, MO 63103
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ISBN: 9780593241370
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Published: The Dial Press - May 24th, 2022