Elizabeth Clark-Stern with L. Timmel Duchamp — 'The Language of Water'

The dawn of the twenty-second century finds women in a new world where water—the lack of it, or the over-abundance of it—shapes their inner and outer lives.


Third Place Books welcomes author Elizabeth Clark-Stern to our Lake Forest Park store! Clark-Stern will be presenting her new book, The Language of Water, and will be joined in conversation by L. Timmel Duchamp. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Please note: Nisi Shawl, previously scheduled to moderate this event, is no longer able to attend.

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About The Language of Water. . .

The dawn of the twenty-second century finds women in a new world where water—the lack of it, or the over-abundance of it—shapes their inner and outer lives. Sara turns eighteen and longs to join the all-women’s Kurdish army to wrestle control of the headwaters of the Euphrates River from the grip of Turkiye’s first woman President, calling who calls herself “Ataturka.” These two women share a common enemy that has infected the globe: climate despair. And yet, in the darkest hour there is cause for hope. A new technology born of the secret substances of the Earth, could transform the planet. Only the power structures of humanity stands in the way. Can Sara and Ataturka help one another create a new form of power defined by the depth and scope of their hearts, or will the Water War bitterly divide them? Will their passion for life, for love, for a world where all living things can flourish pull them down into the darkest cavern of the human soul, or catapult them to the stars?

Elizabeth Clark-Stern grew up writing stories and plays, which ultimately led to a career as a television screenwriter. Her produced credits include the critically acclaimed All I Could See from Where I Stood (PBS), Having Babies II (ABC), and Help Wanted (CBS), the latter nominated for an Emmy. She is particularly proud of an independent documentary, Home from the Eastern Sea, which she wrote and co-produced with an all-female creative team. The film was honored with a NAFTA American Scene Award, and a Cine Golden Eagle. In tandem with screenwriting, she worked on novels, drawn to the duel reality of inner and outer life. This eventually led to a new calling as a psychotherapist. She worked with the most vulnerable populations, seeing first-hand the tragic impact of class, race, gender, and mental health inequality. This work brought her writing to a whole new level, a world of symbols and archetypal forces not limited to the conventions of time and space. She was presented with an Achievement in the Arts Award from the Seattle Psychoanalytic Community for producing and publishing four plays and Soul Stories, a collection of two novellas. Elizabeth’s dearest treasure is her loving and laughing family.

L. Timmel Duchamp was a Guest of Honor at WisCon 2008. The five-volume Marq'ssan Cycle won a special Otherwise Award in 2009 and in 2009-2010 she was awarded the Neil Clark Special Achievement Award. In 2015 she was the Editor Guest at Armadillocon. She has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award twice, for her work as a publisher and editor, and she has been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards, for her short fiction.

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