Sloane Crosley in conversation with Tayari Jones - Grief Is For People

Sloane Crosley in conversation with Tayari Jones - Grief Is For People

Friday, Mar 15, 2024 7:00 PM

The Lounge at Wild Heaven West End
1010 White Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Join us at the Wild Heaven West End Lounge for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley in honor of her highly-anticipated memoir, "Grief Is for People." Crosley will appear in conversation with Atlanta's own Tayari Jones, award-winning author of "An American Marriage."

Tickets include a signed copy of "Grief Is For People."

Please note: Although tickets are non-refundable, if you cannot attend, your ticket still entitles you to a signed copy of the book. A Cappella Books will hold your book for one month from the event date. You may pick it up in-store or call us to request shipping.

About the Book

Disarmingly witty and poignant, Sloane Crosley's memoir explores multiple kinds of loss following the death of her closest friend.

How do we live without the ones we love? "Grief Is for People" is a deeply moving and suspenseful portrait of friendship, and a book about loss that is profuse with life. Sloane Crosley is one of our most renowned observers of contemporary behavior, and now the pathos ever present in her trademark wit is on full display. After the pain and confusion of losing her closest friend to suicide, Crosley looks for answers in philosophy and art, hoping for a framework more useful than the unavoidable stages of grief.

For most of her adult life, Sloane and Russell worked together and played together as they navigated the corridors of office life, the literary world, and the dramatic cultural shifts in New York City. One day, Sloane's apartment is broken into. Along with her most prized possessions, the thief makes off with her sense of security, leaving a mystery in its place.

When Russell dies exactly one month later, his suicide propels Sloane on a wild quest to right the unrightable, to explore what constitutes family and possession as the city itself faces the staggering toll of the pandemic.

Sloane Crosley's search for truth is frank, darkly funny, and gilded with resounding empathy. Upending the "grief memoir," "Grief Is for People" is a category-defying story of the struggle to hold on to the past without being consumed by it. A modern elegy, it rises precisely to console and challenge our notions of mourning during these grief-stricken times.

About the Author

Sloane Crosley is the author of the novels "Cult Classic" and "The Clasp" and three essay collections: "Look Alive Out There" and the New York Times bestsellers "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" and "How Did You Get This Number."

About the Conversation Partner

New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, most recently "An American Marriage." Published in 2018, "An American Marriage" is an Oprah's Book Club Selection and also appeared on Barack Obama's summer reading list as well as his year-end roundup. The novel was awarded the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. It has been published in two dozen countries.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.