Bookswap 2.0 with Ruth Galm

Thu Oct 20
The Booksmith
7:00 PM
Author Appearance, Literary
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This October, we get to come together as book (and booze) lovers once more and dish about our favourite reads. This time around, we have invited the fabulous local author Ruth Galm, author of Into the Valley, to join us! Into the Valley is a spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, tracing the drifting path of a young woman caught between generations as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety. (Soho Press)

+++ Bring a book about an escape. As long as you love it, bring it to Bookswap. You’ll talk about it in groups and hear about the books that other people brought. We’ll drink a bunch of free wine and beer and get to know our guest author. At the end, we’ll have a big, rowdy, white elephant swap, and you’ll leave with a new favorite (or ten.)

>>> Tickets are $10 and MUST BE purchased in advance. They do sell out! You can purchase them HERE:

**** Admission includes an open bar, swag, and 20% off everything you buy that night.


“Mesmerizing … Galm’s writing mimics the hyperreality of dreams, and the novel’s penetrative heat is palpable … Underpinning Into the Valley is a subtle and complicated exploration of what it means to be a woman and, more specifically, what it means to be a woman without a man.” — ELLE Magazine

“In the luxury vehicle of her hypnotically evocative prose, Ruth Galm takes us on the journey of the mysterious B., suffering from a mysterious malaise which can only be relieved by forging checks in cool, neutral banks. Like Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays, Into the Valley creates and recreates a wasted American landscape, and pulls us into a world whose emptiness has profound moral and social implications.” — Mary Gordon


Ruth Galm was born and raised in San José, California, earned an MFA from Columbia University, and has been in San Francisco ever since. Her short fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, and Joyland: a hub for short fiction, and she is a past resident of the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Her debut novel Into the Valley was published by Soho Press in August 2015.



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"...embodies the spirit both of innovation and community..." - The Examiner

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  1. The Booksmith
    1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA