Andrew Palmer and Andrew Martin

Seattle-based writer Andrew Palmer is virtually here, if not perhaps also visiting Elliott Bay, but for this reading from his much-praised debut novel, The Bachelor (Hogarth).

“Jane Austen might have written a book like this: a pitch-perfect story of the self-conscious agonies of searching for someone to marry, composed with a mastery of free indirect style; a piece of art as dizzying as the technological and cultural changes of its time, but in conversation with the works of the past. The Bachelor may be a satire, except that it is utterly sincere. The whole time I was reading it, I felt terrifically happy.”—Salvatore Scibona.

“I will read anything Andrew Palmer writes. With shades of W. G. Sebald, Frederick Exley, and Ben Lerner, and a warmth and humor all its own, Palmer’s first novel shows the hidden currents that bind our culture in songs of longing and hope—from John Berryman to dating shows, Homo literatus to NBA basketball, high lyricism to winter in the suburban Midwest. It is the definitive (literary) word on our reality-television era.”—Greg Jackson.

Reading with Andrew Palmer tonight is Andrew Martin, author most recently of the story collection, Cool for America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He is also the author of the novel Early Work, a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and his stories, essays and reviews have been published in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, and The New York Times Book Review.

“Martin’s fictional universe of drugs and disappointment, cleverness and self-doubt, shot through with flashes of crackling lucidity, is funny but empathetic toward its deeply flawed characters. Reminiscent of Denis Johnson ’s beautiful and insightful 1992 debut, Jesus’s Son, Cool for America thrives in the same gorgeous space between chaos and contemplation. In short: Bad people can be good, and they’re generally fun to read about.” —Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times

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The Bachelor: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - July 20th, 2021

Cool for America: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798640
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 6th, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 6:00pm
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