Chuck Klosterman with David Shields
Almost a summer ‘regular’ with appearances here, as his books’ release has generally been timed to summer, Chuck Klosterman makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his newest book, Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction (Penguin Press). He’s to be joined here in conversation with David Shields, most recently author of The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Pown, and Power (Mad Creek), and director of a new film on Marshawn Lynch that’s getting a lot of buzz, Lynch: A History.
For Chuck Klosterman, this visit is for a new book that straddles the line between fiction and writing that is not fiction, this coming after eight non-fiction books and two novels. “Klosterman, one the most distinctive contemporary writers of nonfiction and fiction, presents a collection of very short stories...a delightful grab-bag of ideas, characters, and fantastical plots, all in prose that jumps off the page...[T]hese vignettes, often with Twilight Zone- or Black Mirror-like premises, are both profoundly weird and weirdly profound. . . . [Raised in Captivity] is moving, funny, and ceaselessly entertaining.” —Booklist.
“A multitude of clever scenarios...In these 34 stories, most featuring a hilarious denouement, [Klosterman] takes on racism, diets, cults, white privilege, and life with Trump as president...No matter the topic, Klosterman’s gimlet eye and trenchant prose bedazzle.” —Publishers Weekly.
Co-presented with Hugo House (at Elliott Bay).