PEN Out Loud: Boundaries and Borders with Daniel José Older and Idra Novey

I’m thrilled to be moderating a panel with the brilliant literary forces of nature Daniel José Older and Idra Novey this coming Monday as part of PEN America’s new “Out Loud” series at one of my favorite New York landmarks, Strand Bookstore. We’ll talk translation, travel, adapting to new cultures and feeling displaced within them, multilingualism, P.O.C representation in fantasy (or the fantasy of P.O.C. representation?) and more as part of this month’s theme: Boundaries and Borders. Please join!

Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the YA series “Shadowshaper Cypher,” the “Bone Street Rumba” urban fantasy series, and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and yes, the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at danieljoseolder.net and @djolder on Twitter.

Idra Novey is the author of the novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize, the Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles TimesFirst Fiction Award.  She is also a translator from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently of Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into 10 languages, and she’s written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Paris Review.

And I’m this guy.

Details:

PEN OUT LOUD: BOUNDARIES AND BORDERS

Monday, October 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm EDT – 8:00 pm EDT

Get Tickets Here!

 

Ilan Stavans at the Texas Book Festival: A Most Imperfect Union

DSC_2041I’m honored that I’ll be speaking with Ilan Stavans—prolific author, translator, critic, Amherst College professor and Publisher of Restless Books—at this year’s Texas Book Festival. Stavans and I will discuss his most recent book, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States, an illustrated history of our country that serves as a corrective to mainstream received ideas. From the press materials:

Enough with the dead white men! Forget what you learned in school. Ever since Columbus–who was probably a converted Jew–“discovered” the New World, the powerful and privileged have usurped American history. The true story of the United States lies not with the founding fathers or robber barons, but with the country’s most overlooked and marginalized peoples: the workers, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who built America from the ground up and made this country what it is today.

A Most Imperfect Union, by Ilan Stavans

A Most Imperfect Union, by Ilan Stavans

The event, which will also be broadcast on C-SPAN’s BookTV, will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in the C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent. The festival is held in downtown Austin, TX, along Congress Ave. and in the State Capitol building. I hope to see you there!

A MOST IMPERFECT UNION

Date: Sunday 10/26

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Ilan Stavans
Moderator:
Nathan Rostron

 

Smith Henderson Reads from Fourth of July Creek

Smith Henderson Reading

Join us for a reading and conversation between Smith Henderson, PEN Emerging Writer and highly acclaimed debut author of Fourth of July Creek, and Nathan Rostron, Director of Marketing at Restless Books.

Tuesday, June 3, 7:00pm, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028

A muscular, hugely ambitious literary debut set against the vivid backdrop of the Montana wilderness, Fourth of July Creek is the story of Pete Snow, a troubled social worker barely on the right side of the law, who tries to keep a dangerously paranoid survivalist from jeopardizing his family, even as Pete’s own family disintegrates.

“This book left me awestruck; a stunning debut which reads like the work of a writer at the height of his power… Fourth of July Creek is a masterful achievement and Smith Henderson is certain to end up a household name.” —Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

Fourth of July Creek knocked me flat. This gorgeous, full-bodied novel seems to contain all of America at what was, in retrospect, a pivotal moment in its history…. Smith Henderson has delivered nothing less than a masterpiece of a novel.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Fourth of July Creek cannot possibly be Smith Henderson’s first book. Its scope is audacious, its range virtuosic, its gaze steady and true. A riveting story written in a seductive and relentlessly authentic rural American vernacular, this is the kind of novel I wish I’d written.” —Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

SMITH HENDERSON is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writer Award in fiction, and was the Phillip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University the same year. His short story, “Number Stations,” won a Pushcart Prize and a finalist honors for the University of Texas Keene Prize, where he was a Michener Center for Writing Fellow. He currently works at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency, where he contributed to the Emmy-nominated “Halftime In America” Super Bowl Commercial. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.