June 11, 2009

dueling readings tomorrow!

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Tomorrow night presents a dilemma: we have two very awesome harper perennial events happening in nyc.

1. Simon Van Booy, author of Love Begins in Winter in conversation with Harper Perennial publisher Carrie Kania at McNally Jackson, 7:00-8:00 pm

From the website: “McNally Jackson favorite Simon Van Booy’s latest collection of short stories offers glimpses into lives both gifted and damaged, from socially isolated virtuoso musicians to diplomats haunted by childhood memories. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Each of this stories has moments of sheer loveliness.” Van Booy talks with Harper Perennial publisher Carrie Kania, who oversees authors such as Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.”

2. Charlie Haas reads from The Enthusiast at Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village (6th ave at 8th st), 7:30 pm

More about The Enthusiast, in the form of two very nice and accurate quotes: “(An) eccentric, slyly romantic debut novel. At heart, Henry is an oddball innocent, a romantic in search of meaning that eludes him early on. (T)he book captures something at once fragile and vital —the excitement of the ordinary, the exhilaration of the everyday. It does so in gratifying ways that sneak up on both Henry and the reader.” — San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“The Enthusiast—while often very funny—is sneakily ambitious, spanning at least 20 years while pretending it’s up to nothing. It begins as mild entertainment and ends up, surprisingly, as a real novel with big goals. (It) isn’t just a picaresque ride through the weirder side of the magazine industry, but a super-extended coming-of-age story. And a good one, too.” — The Onion AV Club

So what to do? Theoretically, one could see the first 15 minutes of Simon and Carrie and then run like hell up to B&N. And Simon does have quite the enchanting voice. But did I mention that Charlie wrote the screenplay for Gremlins 2? I’ve read and enjoyed both books, so it’s a tough choice. But since we have two awesome events, you have no excuse not to go to at least one.