Mark Prins with Rabbi Susan Talve - The Latinist

Monday, February 7, 7pm CT
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Rectangular image with a cover picture of the book "The Latinist" on the right half and, on the left half, a headshot of author Mark Prins on the top left,  a headshot of event panelist Rabbi Susan Talve on the middle left, and a headshot of author Hannah Tinti on the bottom left.Left Bank Books welcomes author of one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Mark Prins,
who will discuss his highly anticipated new book
The Latinist,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 7th.
Prins will be in conversation with founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation
Rabbi Susan Talve
and bestselling novelist of Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Hannah Tinti.
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About The Latinist

One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022 selection

Tessa Templeton has thrived at Oxford University under the tutelage and praise of esteemed classics professor Christopher Eccles. And now, his support is the one thing she can rely on: her job search has yielded nothing, and her devotion to her work has just cost her her boyfriend, Ben. Yet shortly before her thesis defense, Tessa learns that Chris has sabotaged her career--and realizes their relationship is not at all what she believed.

Driven by what he mistakes as love for Tessa, Chris has ensured that no other institution will offer her a position, keeping her at Oxford with him. His tactics grow more invasive as he determines to prove he has her best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Tessa scrambles to undo the damage--and in the process makes a startling discovery about an obscure second-century Latin poet that could launch her into academic stardom, finally freeing her from Chris's influence.

A contemporary reimagining of the Daphne and Apollo myth, The Latinist is a page-turning exploration of power, ambition, and the intertwining of love and obsession.

"Within the first few pages of this book, I knew I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller. The Latinist is imaginative, propulsive, and wildly intelligent. What a joy to encounter a thrilling and singular new voice in fiction."--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest and Good Company

"Ingenious.... a superb literary suspense novel that calls to mind an earlier such debut, Donna Tartt's The Secret History.... Like the classics that inspire it, The Latinist is an inventive wedding of the elegant and the barbaric."--Maureen Corrigan "Washington Post"


About our Speakers

Mark Prins is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sun Valley Writers' Conference. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish Congregation located within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Susan joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center. Today she performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought and in both the Jewish and non-Jewish Communities. Rabbi Susan was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981, where she earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity. She was honored with the college's Stephen Levinson Award for Community Service after founding the Jewish Early Learning Cooperative, Ohio's first licensed infant childcare program in the workplace. She was the first non-Christian to receive an honorary Doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary in 2011 for a career of visionary and bold leadership and supporting interfaith relations in the St. Louis community. She was awarded honorary degrees from Washington University, St Lawrence University and has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish and non-Jewish community. She and her husband, Rabbi James Stone Goodman are the proud parents of three wonderful adults and two grandsons.

From 2010 to 2013, Hannah Tinti was the literary commentator on Selected Shorts. She is the author of the bestselling books Animal CrackersThe Good Thief, and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Tinti is also the cofounder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, CLMP's Firecracker Award, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing. She teaches creative writing at New York University's MFA program and cofounded the Sirenland Writers Conference.


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