Sarah Lee & Laura Barton: West of West. Book Launch & Signing, Thu 23 Jan, 18.00 - 20.00

Please join us in the Bookshop and meet photographer Sarah Lee and writer and broadcaster Laura Barton who are presenting their book West of West, published by Unbound.

In West of West Sarah Lee and Laura Barton explore the idea of the West in shaping American identity, with its idealism and notions of the frontier, and what the American West means in an age of political turbulence, when the East is the rising global force and the frontier is shifting once more.

Santa Monica, where the wooden pier juts out into the Pacific Ocean, marks the end of Route 66. The great American journey west culminates here, and it is on this short stretch of coast that Sarah Lee began shooting her photographic series in 2015.

Sarah Lee is a London-based photographer who works for The Guardian, specialising in portraiture features and the arts. She has been published by TIME, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Intelligent Life and Vanity Fair, among others. Her photographs have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (as longlisted works in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibitions) and acquired by the NPG and Government Art Collection. She has been an official BAFTA photographer since 2015. She is also an ambassador for Leica and a fellow of the British American Project and the Royal Society of Arts.

Laura Barton is a writer and broadcaster. A Guardian feature writer and music columnist for a decade, she now writes for a range of newspapers, magazines and radio stations, and regularly contributes to BBC Radio 4. Her first novel Twenty-One Locks (2010) was awarded a Betty Trask prize. Her next non-fiction work, Sad Songs, will be published in Autumn 2020.


Thursday 23 January, 18.00 - 20.00, Bookshop

Free event, no Booking.



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