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Reading & Conversation: Natalie Naudus, “Gay the Pray Away” (w/ Rachael Lippincott)

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A love letter to queer fiction, religious deconstruction and libraries, award-winning audiobook narrator Natalie Naudus’s Gay the Pray Away is a powerful story of a queer girl growing up with religious trauma and how queer love and books set her free. White Whale is overjoyed to host Natalie Naudus in conversation with local sapphic iconic author, Rachael Lippincott. 

Valerie Danners is in a cult. She just doesn’t know it yet. When she finds a queer book at the library and smuggles it home, her conservative Christian homeschooling world begins to crack. And when the cutest girl she’s ever met shows up to Bible class, she starts to question everything.

Riley is so confident and kind, and she and Valerie bond quickly over existing as multiracial teens in a very white Christian community. As Valerie explores her feelings for Riley, she begins to see that the world she knows is a carefully crafted narrative.

Publicly, the girls are close friends–holding hands in prayer, rooming together at a conference. Privately, they grasp at any chance to continue their forbidden romance–until they are found out. Now Valerie must choose between staying with a family she fears will never accept her, or running away with the girl she loves.

NATALIE NAUDUS, “a fave among audiobook listeners” (Buzzfeed), is one of the most beloved audiobook narrators working today. She has won an Audie award and nine Earphones awards and maintains a robust social media following. She lives with her family on a mountain in Virginia. Gay the Pray Away is her debut novel.

RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author and coauthor of Five Feet Apart, All This Time, She Gets the Girl, The Lucky List, and Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pittsburgh with her wife and daughter.

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Date:
July 12
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/813584687001040/

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White Whale Books & Coffee
4754 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 United States
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(412) 224-2847
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White Whale Books & Coffee
Phone
(412) 224-2847
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