Past Event

Small Press Book Club

All the Fierce Tethers

Meeting in the Booksmith Buyers’ Office to discuss All the Fierce Tethers by Lia Purpura.

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club will meet to discuss a book from an independent publisher. To contact our moderator, email

Readers familiar with Lia Purpura’s highly praised essay collections–Increase, On Looking, and Rough Likeness–will know she’s a master of observation, a writer obsessed with the interplay between humans and the things they see. The subject matter of All the Fierce Tethers is wonderfully varied, both low (muskrats, slugs, a stained quilt in a motel room) and lofty (shadows, prayer, the idea of beauty).

Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently a collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful