The Pacific Standard Fiction Series Rides Again!
featuring Paul Beatty and Matthew Sharpe
Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00 p.m.
82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (betw. St. Marks and Bergen)
hosted by Garth Risk Hallberg
Books available on-site!
Drink specials to be chosen by dartboard!
"Best New Literary Event of 2008" (New York Magazine)...now with
stylish new curtains!
Paul Beatty, author of SLUMBERLAND, has been hailed by The New York
Times and The Los Angeles Times as one of the best writers of his
generation. His previous novels are TUFF ("Unforgettable" - The Boston
Globe) and THE WHITE-BOY SHUFFLE ("Laugh-out-loud funny and
weep-in-silence sad" - The Nation). A former Grand Poetry Slam
Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Beatty is also the author of the
poetry collections JOKER, JOKER, DEUCE and BIG BANK TAKE LITTLE BANK,
and is the editor of HOKUM, an anthology of African-American humor.
"Furiously written… [SLUMBERLAND] is another bravura performance from
the searingly talented Paul Beatty. A no-holds-barred comedic romp
that crushes through the Fulda Gap of Black/White, East/West
relationships like an M1 tank." -Junot Diaz
Matthew Sharpe's third novel, JAMESTOWN, was one of Publisher's
Weekly's Best Books of 2007 - "a work of hectic brilliance and immense
sadness," according to Salon.com. His previous novel, THE SLEEPING
FATHER, was a Today Show Book Club pick, and has been translated into
nine languages. Mr. Sharpe's previous books are the novel NOTHING IS
TERRIBLE and the collection STORIES FROM THE TUBE. His stories and
essays have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Bomb, among others.
"[A]n absurd hybrid of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Walt Disney's
Pocahontas... JAMESTOWN is an anguished lament for the whole bloody
history of Western conquest, the stupidity and cruelty of invaders
then and now... Jamestown is packed with marvelous material, moving
and funny and deeply provocative." - Washington Post Book World
Host Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH
AMERICAN FAMILY and is a 2008 NYFA fellow in fiction. 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