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D. Foy discusses his novel Made to Break, Jeff Jackson discusses Mira Corpora, and Megan McShea discusses A Mountain City of Toad Splendor
March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
About Made to Break: One of Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014! Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends—three men and two women—head to a remote cabin near Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holidays. They’ve been buddies forever, banded together by scrapes and squalor, their relationships defined by these wild times. After a car accident leaves one friend sick and dying, and severe weather traps them at the cabin, there is nowhere to go, forcing them to finally and ultimately take stock and confront their past transgressions, considering what they mean to one another and to themselves. With some of the most luminous and purple prose flexed in recent memory, D. Foy is an incendiary new voice and Made to Break, a grand, episodic debut, redolent of the stark conscience of Denis Johnson and the spellbinding vision of Roberto Bolaño.
About Mira Corpora: Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, “Mira Corpora” charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar. With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation across a startling, vibrant landscape. Jeff Jackson holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe Company.
About A Mountain City of Toad Splendor: The collection, which is 86 pages long, features 51 poems and stories, each lasting about a page and each distinctly different, even while the book is cohesive in its interests and explorations of language and how it’s used in our daily routines. In an interview Megan McShea said, “If we can ‘discover’ just one word…we can enter that wild part, the ‘true life.’ “This is a great way to understand what she does in her poems and prose. “McShea is one of the only writers I know whose dreams I remember as if they were my own. She makes intricate languagescapes out of the theater of daily emotion.” — Lucy Corin