Claudia Cravens, LUCKY RED @ Starr Library

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Starr Library
68 W Market St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


In conversation with Oblong Books' Nicole Brinkley.

FREE. Registration is requested but not required.


The heart wants what it wants. Saddle up, ride out, and claim it.

Join debut author Claudia Cravens for a discussion of her new book, just out this month! Lucky Red is a beautiful, queer coming-of-age story--or as Nicole puts it, "...a Sapphic Western about a wild-hearted whore out for revenge [and] a delicious, action-packed drama. Devour this over a rollicking weekend: you won't want to walk away from it." 

Claudia CravensLucky Red by Claudia CravensNicole Brinkley
It’s the spring of 1877 and sixteen-year-old Bridget is already disillusioned when she arrives penniless in Dodge City with only her wits to keep her alive. Thanks to the allure of her bright red hair and country-girl beauty, she’s recruited to work at the Buffalo Queen, the only brothel in town run by women. Bridget takes to brothel life, appreciating the good food, good pay, and good friendships she forms with her fellow “sporting women.”

But as winter approaches, Bridget learns just how fleeting stability can be. With the arrival of out-of-towners—some ominous and downright menacing, others more alluring but potentially dangerous in their own ways, including a legendary female gunfighter who steals Bridget’s heart—tensions in Dodge City run high. When the Buffalo Queen’s peace and stability are threatened, Bridget must decide what she owes to the people she loves and what it looks like to claim her own destiny.
A thoroughly modern reimagining of the Western genre, Lucky Red is a masterfully crafted, propulsive tale of adventure, loyalty, desire, and love.

Queer, feminist, subversive, and a good old-fashioned freight train of an adventure story.”—Sara Nović, author of True Biz

Claudia Cravens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a BA in Literature from Bard College and lives in Kingston, NY. Lucky Red is her first novel.

Nicole Brinkley loves plants and dragons. The rest changes without notice. She is an award-winning bookseller, writer, and podcaster.

Copies of Lucky Red will be available for purchase at this event courtesy of Oblong Books.

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Lucky Red: A Novel By Claudia Cravens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Dial Press - June 20th, 2023