“Two thumbs up. This is the most realistic chess novel ever.”
-Dana Mackenzie, author of The Universe in Zero Words
Please join us for a special evening with chess Grandmaster Jesse Kraai when he comes to Octavia Books to read and sign his chess novel, LISA.
This debut novel by chess GM Jesse Kraai tells the story of a 13-year-old California girl who defies her mother and her school to study chess with Russian master Igor Ivanov. Lisa is an exploration of what it means to get an education in chess, and a meditation on what makes the game so compelling to those who play. As much about art and education as it is about pawns and kings, Lisa tells a story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever set foot in a tournament hall, or has ever pursued beauty and excellence in any arena.
Following his reading, Grandmaster Kraai will play blindfolded chess with a top New Orleans chess junior.