St. Louis Jewish Book Festival: Sam Cohen
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sam Cohen with Sarahland
Sunday, February 27, 7pm
Tickets go on sale in early January
In Sarahland, Sam Cohen brilliantly and often hilariously explores the ways in which traditional stories have failed us, both demanding and thrillingly providing for its cast of Sarahs new origin stories, new ways to love the planet and those inhabiting it and new possibilities for life itself. In one story, a Jewish college Sarah passively consents to a form-life in pursuit of an MRS degree and is swept into a culture of normalized sexual violence. A Buffy-loving Sarah uses fan fiction to work through romantic obsession. Readers witness as the ever-evolving “Sarah” gets recast: as a bible-era trans woman, an aging lesbian literally growing roots, a being who transcends the earth as we know it. While Cohen presents a world that will clearly someday end, “Sarah” will continue.