Pacific Standard Fiction Series: Art, Politics, and Murder
featuring Francisco Goldman, Anne Landsman, and Ceridwen Dovey
Tuesday, April 29th, 7:00 p.m.
82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between St. Marks and Bergen)
hosted by Garth Risk Hallberg
Books available on-site!
Drink specials to be chosen by dartboard!
Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"
Francisco Goldman's novels, THE LONG NIGHT OF WHITE CHICKENS, THE
ORDINARY SEAMAN, and THE DIVINE HUSBAND, have been finalists for
honors including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the
PEN/Faulkner Award. His latest book, THE ART OF POLITICAL MURDER,
extends the themes of his fiction as it explores the real-life
assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi, the Guatemalan human rights
leader. The Washington Post called it "a passionate cry of outrage
that should be read and passed on by anyone who believes, as Goldman
proves here, that truth is always more improbable than fiction."
Truth; fiction...tonight, he will read a little of both.
"Goldman, a highly artistic writer of conscience, delves more deeply
into the injustices and paradoxes of Central American society with
each book.... Ultimately, he not only dramatizes the fate of one lush
but unlucky Central American country but also conjures the very spirit
of humankind in all its perfidy and splendor." -Booklist
South African-born Anne Landsman's new novel, THE ROWING LESSON, was a
recent New York Times Editor's Choice. "[Its] beauty, wrote O
Magazine, "is in its fluid metaphors, its urgent storytelling laced
with fragments of Afrikaans, and [its] lyric desperation." Landsman's
first novel, THE DEVIL'S CHIMNEY, was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway
Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has contributed
regularly to The Believer Magazine.
"Nothing about this curriculum vitae conveys the visceral appeal of
Anne Landsman's second novel...a book that puts readers as deep into
[its protagonist] as if he had been opened up on the table before us.
Landsman is a gambler, and here she risks everything." -The New York
Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel, BLOOD KIN, will be published in 14
countries, and has been shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize
and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book. Nobel Prize
winner J. M. Coetzee described it as "a fable of the arrogance of
power, beneath whose dreamlike surface swirl currents of complex
sensuality." Dovey earned her Masters in Creative Writing at the
University of Cape Town in her native South Africa, and is currently
pursuing a Ph. D. in Social Anthropology here in the States.
"Dovey's precise and terrifying debut novel [feels] like the earliest,
exhilarating days under a new administration, when a pliant populace
is eager and willing to follow wherever a confident leader directs
us." -The New York Times Book Review
Host Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH
AMERICAN FAMILY. The Pacific Standard Fiction Series aims to showcase
the intense and varied literary energies of Brooklyn by pairing
writers from the borough and beyond. We offer fine stories and
appealing beverages in a civilized setting. For more information,
please visit www.pacificstandardbrooklyn.com.