IN PERSON - Leah Lax - NOT FROM HERE

Start: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will host Leah Lax in-store on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.  

Thanks to The Progressive Forum for promotional support.


“Leah Lax understands that everyone has a story and a secret.” —GLORIA STEINEM

When Leah Lax was asked to write an opera to celebrate local immigrants, she began by spending a year listening to accounts of upheaval, migration, and arrival told her in confidence by people from around the globe. She felt she had discovered the song of America, found its great beating heart.

In interludes between the astounding, powerful stories in Not From Here, Leah uncovers the lost history of her Jewish family and finds a larger context for their story. “In a way,” she writes, “we Americans are all immigrants.”

Leah has had a dual career as an author and librettist. Her previous book is Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home, the first gay memoir ever to come out of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox world. Her story is now a modern opera by composer Lori Laitman.


Leah Lax has written award-winning fiction and nonfiction as well as an immigrant opera for Houston Grand Opera, reviewed with acclaim in The New York Times and broadcast on NPR. Her work has appeared in Salon, Longreads, Dame, HuffPost, and Lilith, among many others, and in anthologies by Seal Press and North Atlantic. When Leah isn't writing, you can find her playing her cello, or with her wife kayaking around the world.

Not From Here By Leah Lax Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781804680179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie Publishers Ltd - March 28th, 2024