Seattle writer Alle C. Hall invites you to the launch party for her debut novel, the multi-award winning As Far as You Can Go
Before You Have to Come Back.
Doors open 6:30pm
Alle reads at 7pm and again at 8:45pm.
As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back is a-girl-and-her-backpack story with a
#MeToo influence: Carlie is not merely traveling. A child sexual abuse survivor, as a teen she
steals $10,000 and runs away to Asia. There, the Lonely Planet path of hookups, heat, alcohol,
and drugs takes on a terrifying reality. Landing in Tokyo in the late 1980s, Carlie falls in with an
international crew of tai chi-practicing backpackers. With their help, Carlie has the chance at a
journey she didn’t plan for: one to find the self-respect ripped from her as a child and the healthy
sexuality she desires.
First Place, 2022 International Firebird Book Awards: Literary;
First Place 2022 International Firebird Book Awards: Coming of Age;
Second Place, International Firebird Book Awards: Women’s Issues;
First Place, 2022 National League of American Pen Women’s Mary Kennedy
Eastham Prize; and
First Finalist, 2022 Lascaux Prize