Brown Bag Lunch: Draw Your Weapons, with Sarah Sentilles


Join us for a fascinating discussion of art, war, violence, peace, and survival in a brown bag lunch with Sarah Sentilles, author of Draw Your Weapons. Sarah will be in our Used Book Annex on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 12:30pm. We will provide chips and drinks; guests are invited to bring their own sandwiches or salads.

Please RSVP by "purchasing" the free ticket below -- we want to make sure we have enough chairs and snacks for all!

And listen here for Bainbridge Community Broadcasting's Channie Peters in a fascinating podcast conversation with the Sentilles!

A single book might not change the world. But this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world--and that makes all the difference.

"How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperiled world?" Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature, and theology, Sentilles offers an impassioned defense of life lived by peace and principle. It is a literary collage with an urgent hope at its core: that art might offer tools for remaking the world.

In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles tells the true stories of Howard, a conscientious objector during World War II, and Miles, a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, and in the process she challenges conventional thinking about how war is waged, witnessed, and resisted. The pacifist and the soldier both create art in response to war: Howard builds a violin; Miles paints portraits of detainees. With echoes of Susan Sontag and Maggie Nelson, Sentilles investigates images of violence from the era of slavery to the drone age. In doing so, she wrestles with some of our most profound questions: What does it take to inspire compassion? What impact can one person have? How should we respond to violence when it feels like it can't be stopped? Draw Your Weapons stirs and confronts, disturbs and illuminates. A single book might not change the world, but this lucid, radiant, and utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world--and that makes all the difference.

“Sarah Sentilles, with her passionate, clear-eyed prose and her brilliant, generous mind, confronts us with the realities of standing idly by in a world that urgently needs voices of peace and reconciliation. The stories in this book—about violence and love and endurance and vulnerability—are unforgettable, and they are very much the stories of our time. You will be riveted, educated, implicated, and changed by this book.”  — Emily Rapp, author of The Still Point of the Turning World


Sarah Sentilles is the author of Breaking Up with God, A Church of Her Own, and Taught by America. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Idaho’s Wood River Valley.


Event date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
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Draw Your Weapons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590344
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - July 4th, 2017

SKU: TIX:Sentilles

Breaking Up with God: A Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061946868
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HarperOne - June 7th, 2011

A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156033329
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2009