Thursday, September 10, 2009

First two fiction readings of the season coming up October 13 and 27.

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series: Storytelling
featuring Lev Grossman and Hannah Tinti
Tuesday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m.

Lev Grossman's new novel, THE MAGICIANS, has been likened to "Harry Potter for grown-ups" by The London Times and to "poppin' peyote buttons with J.K. Rowling" by GQ. It is a New York Times Bestseller. His previous novel, Codex, has been published in 11 languages. Grossman, who lives in Brooklyn, is the book critic for Time Magazine.

Hannah Tinti's bestselling first novel, The Good Thief, won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, which praised its "strong plotting, pure lucidity, and visceral momentum." Her debut story collection, ANIMAL CRACKERS, was nominated for the Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award. Tinti is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story.


The Pacific Standard Fiction Series
featuring Victor LaValle and Robert Lopez
Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m.

Victor LaValle's second novel, the newly published BIG MACHINE, has given The Wall Street Journal and Mos Def something they can agree on (sort of: the former likened the book to Ralph Ellison and Thomas Pynchon, where latter name-checked Edgar Allen Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez). His previous book, The Ecstatic, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. LaValle is also the author of a story collection, Slapboxing with Jesus. He has earned a Whiting Writers' Award and the key to the city of Jamaica, Queens.

Robert Lopez's second novel, the newly published KAMBY BOLONGO MEAN RIVER, is "disturbing and inspiring and at all times hypnotic," writes Bookslut. His previous novel, Part of the World, garnered numerous comparisons to Samuel Beckett. Lopez's fiction and poetry has appeared in Bomb, The Threepenny Review, and The Mississippi Review. He teaches at The New School.

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