Amelia Gray (Isadora) and Rosecrans Baldwin (The Last Kid Left)

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Booksmith is doubly excited to host a joint reading by Amelia Gray and Rosecrans Baldwin to celebrate their anticipated new books, Isadora and The Last Kid Left. Don't miss this!



Amelia Gray's Isadora is a shocking and visceral portrait of an artist and woman drawn to the brink of destruction by the cruelty of life; a legendary artist churning through prewar Europe. Isadora seeks to obliterate the mannered portrait of a dancer and to introduce the reader to a woman who lived and loved without limits, even in the darkest days of her life.


“The endlessly inventive Gray (whose story “Labyrinth” from The New Yorker is a gem) creates a fictional interpretation of Isadora Duncan, once described as the “woman who put the Modern into Modern Dance.” A dancer who mixed the classical, sacred, and sensual, Duncan is the perfect subject matter for Gray; if a writer can expertly resurrect the Theseus myth at a small-town fair, then she can do justice to a life as inspiring — and troubled — as Duncan’s.” ― The Millions


The Last Kid Left


Rosecrans Baldwin's The Last Kid Left is loosely inspired by a true crime in 1930's New England. After a double-murder kicks off a scandal in a beach town, a young woman struggles to create a life for herself and escape the lurid interest of a tight-knit community. This novel is a sort of modern day witch hunt, involving the precarious lives of two teens, a small town sheriff, a retired big-city police officer, and an aspiring young journalist desperate to make the pages of the New Yorker— they all collide in a media firestorm that threatens to swallow them whole.


“In fiction as in life, you can’t save people from themselves. Although that never keeps anyone from trying, as Rosecrans Baldwin’s amiable first novel demonstrates.” New York Times Book Review on You Lost Me There



Amelia Gray is the author of several books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and is the winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award as well as the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. She lives in Los Angeles.


Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down and a debut novel, You Lost Me There. His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including GQ, the New York Times, and the Guardian. He lives in Los Angeles.


RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Isadora and/or The Last Kid Left, or any of the authors' books, please order below and put your request in the comments field. 


Isadora Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374279981
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 23rd, 2017

The Last Kid Left Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374298562
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - June 6th, 2017