Scott Alexander Hess with Donald Miller - Root of Everything and Lightning

Thursday, July 15, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning author
Scott Alexander Hess,
who will discuss his new pair of novellas, 
The Root of Everything and Lightning,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on July 15.
Hess will be in conversation with St. Louis author
Donald Miller.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
**For this event, you may request personalization for your order. Leave a note in the comments when you are checking out for how you would like the book to be signed. Example "To Scott. Happy Birthday!". Scott Alexander Hess will sign and personalize copies. Deadline for personalization request is July 25th.
**Scott would also like to offer t-shirts for this event. If you pre-order before July 25th, you may request a Small, Medium, or Large t-shirt. IF YOUR BOOK IS BEING MAILED TO YOU, YOU MUST SELECT PRIORITY MAIL OR FEDEX FOR SHIPPING. We will not be able to send t-shirts via media mail. You may also select to pick up a book and t-shirt.
About The Root of Everything and Lightning

In this pair of novellas, award-winning author Scott Alexander Hess provides a richly textured portrait of the shifting landscape of the 20th century American Dream.

The Root of Everything is a multi-generational saga tracking fathers and sons from Germany's Black Forest to Missouri as they experience tragedy, triumph, forbidden love, and hard-earned reckonings.

In Lightning, a young man in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1918 is driven by his deep love for horses and his emerging feelings for another man. Offered a chance to move to New York City, he finds his true destiny.

Shot through with layers of grief, passion, dangerous landscapes, and old-world mysticism, these are journeys into love, loss, and twists of fate that define us. Hess tells stories as deep as the Missouri River and as wide-ranging as the Wild American West.

"Scott Alexander Hess's writing brims with elegant simplicity and pulses with fierce emotional insight." - Joe Okonkwo, author of Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck and Jazz Moon

"In The Root of Everything and Lightning, Scott Alexander Hess uncovers deep affinities between the wide-openness of the American landscape and the wide-eyed optimism of its people-cowmen and farmers, fortune tellers and hard laborers, queer fellows and new women. Sinuously constructed and simmering with eroticism, these short novels nevertheless pack emotional punch. Historical fiction at its cutting-edge best." -Patrick E. Horrigan, author of Pennsylvania Station

"As dense as the Black Forest and as magnificent as an old oak, The Root of Everything feels like flipping through a family album of three generations of men, in which Hess has captured brief moments to tell their entire stories of love in all its joy, sorrow and grief." -Jamie Brickhouse, author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex and My Mother

"The Root of Everything takes us from a cold forest in Germany to the complicated promised land of the American Midwest and beyond. This is a story about the forces that shape us-the bonds of blood and love and nature. It's a riveting tale written with both heart and precision." -Jonathan Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing


About our Speakers

Scott Alexander Hess is the author of five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Butcher’s Sons, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, Thema Literary Review, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote "Tom in America," an award-winning short film, starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. He teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers Workshop and curates Hot Lit, an LGBTQ+ themed monthly newsletter. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess lives in New York City with his husband.

Donald C. Miller holds a master's degree in media literacy and has coauthored a previous media literacy textbook with Art Silverblatt.


All you need to do to participate is 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 may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
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