Leah Myers • Book Signing & Talk
Join us Saturday, June 17 from 12:00 -1:30 PM, as we welcome Leah Myers to Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, to discuss her debut novel: Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity
"Thinning Blood is a powerful testament to the power of storytelling. It is both personal and historical, factual and deeply imaginative. Leah Myers is an honest and passionate witness to the culture and people that produced her. Her essays pay tribute to the complexity of memory, and the tenacity of experience."
-Emily Bernard, author of Black Is the Body
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by The Millions
Leah Myers may be the last member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in her family line, due to her tribe’s strict blood quantum laws. Blending Native folklore and the search for identity, THINNING BLOOD is a fierce, powerful work of personal history. Beginning with her great-grandmother, the last full-blooded Native member in their lineage, she connects each woman with her totem to construct her family’s totem pole: protective Bear, defiant Salmon, compassionate Hummingbird, and perched on top, Raven. As she pieces together their stories, Myers weaves in tribal folktales, the history of the Native genocide, and the larger story of how, as she puts it, her “culture is being bleached out,” offering sharp vignettes of her own life between White and Native worlds.
Crisp and powerful, Thinning Blood is a bold reclamation of one woman’s identity that raises urgent questions about heritage, family, and what it means to belong.
Leah Myers received an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Orleans, where she won the Mockbee Award for Nonfiction two years in a row. She now lives in Alabama, with roots in Georgia, Arizona, and Washington.