Books Reading Tonight
posted by May 19 at 10:09 AMon
And a Happy Bright Shiny Morning to you. There are a ton of readings in town tonight, including an open mic, a talk by local doctor Emily Transue, and a book called Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, which kind of has the thesis in the title.
Let’s discuss the Bright Shiny Elephant in the room. James Frey reads at Town Hall tonight, from his new novel Bright Shiny Morning. He is joined by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who reads from the reissue of his book Candy Everybody Wants. Kilmer-Purcell is doing kind of an opening act thing, I guess. We didn’t review Bright Shiny Morning in the paper this week—really, do you want to read another rehash of the stupid James Frey stupidness?—but Ari Spool reviewed Candy Everybody Wants, and here’s the beginning of that review:
I’m going to come right out and admit this: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a gay man. Nor have I ever been a gay male teenager with a desperate hankering for fame, a trailer-trash bohemian for a mom, or a retard for a brother. Is that why I hated Candy Everybody Wants?
Fuck, no. There’s so much more to hate than just the characters. There’s also the plot! And the setting! And, most of all, the writing!
The rest of the review is here.
I do not recommend you go to the Frey reading. Instead, you should check out Preeta Samarasan, reading from Evening is the Whole Day at Elliott Bay Book Company, if debut novels set in Malaysia are your thing. Or—perhaps most excitingly—Nancy Kress, the author of Beggars in Spain, is reading at the Hugo House. It’s a pretty great sci-fi novel, and she’s going to be reading new work.
If fiction isn’t your thing, Stuart Kauffman is also at Town Hall reading from Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason and Religion, which seems to posit that there is room for religion in science. I remain skeptical.
Those with questions are directed to the readings calendar.