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Joshua Ferris has 4 upcoming events.

May
21
JOSHUA FERRIS - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
BookPeople, Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm
Wednesday, May 21 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Award-winning Author Joshua Ferris

speaking & signing To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Join us for an evening with National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris as he reads from his new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. A big, laugh-out-loud story about the absurdities of the modern world and the eternal questions of life, love and truth, this story of a man made of contradictions uses Red Sox fandom and dentistry to explore issues of identity, religion and reality. Ferris's first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

Joshua Ferris first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and Tin House, among other publications. He lives in New York. In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. If you purchase your book from BookPeople in advance of the event, please save your receipt and present it at the event.

Thank you for supporting Joshua Ferris & your local independent bookstore!

Location: Street: 603 N Lamar Blvd City: Austin, Province: Texas Postal Code: 78703-5413 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
24
JOSHUA FERRIS at Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, Saturday, May 24 at 4pm
With fiction appearing in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and Tin House, among other publications, National Book Award-finalist and winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Joshua Ferris shares To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Location: Books Inc. Street: 601 Van Ness City: San Francisco, Province: California Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
May
14
Joshua Ferris
Greenlight Bookstore, Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 PM Joshua Ferris presents To Rise Again at a Decent Hour A Greenlight Bookstore First Editions Club selection

National Book Award finalist (and former Brooklynite) Joshua Ferris is beloved for the dark humor and pathos of his novels And Then We Came to the End and The unnamed. His newest novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is another profound and hilarious novel about the mysteries of modern life. At its center is New York dentist Paul O’Rourke, a man of contradictions: a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. When a website, Facebook account, and Twitter feed are mysteriously created in his name, Paul must confront not only the confusions of identity theft but his own longings for family, community, faith, and love. Greenlight is honored to welcome Ferris back to Brooklyn to present his novel, which has been selected as the Greenlight Bookstore First Editions club title for May.

Location: Street: 686 Fulton Street City: Brooklyn, Province: New York Postal Code: 11217 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
20
Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again At A Decent Hour
A Room of One's Own, Tuesday, May 20 at 6pm
A Room of One's Own is honored to welcome Joshua Ferris, author of The Unnamed, for a reading from his latest novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour!

With the publication of his debut novel, National Book Award finalist Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris quickly established himself as a talented new voice. With that novel came a Pen/Hemingway Award, an appearance on the Guardian First Book Award long-list, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and inclusion on the New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of the Year.” Since then, Ferris has written a brilliant follow-up, The Unnamed, published several acclaimed short stories in The New Yorker and Granta, and was deemed one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Now Ferris is back with To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, a book that will further cement his place as a one of the most talented and daring writers at work today.

Paul O’Rourke is a successful Manhattan dentist whose days at the office are punctuated with the outspoken opinions of both his receptionist (and ex-girlfriend) and his hygienist. Although Paul is as attached to his phone (or, as he calls it, his “me machine”) as the next person, he refuses to have a website for his dental practice and spurns social media.

So when a very professional and impressively detailed website for O’Rourke Dental pops up, Paul is naturally curious as to who made it. Then someone begins Tweeting in his name, and a Facebook account appears. Confusing and a little scary, sure, but the most irritating part of this invasion into his life is that the online Paul seems to be an upgraded version of the real thing. As Paul digs deeper into who has taken over his virtual identity, he find himself mired in a place between the real and virtual, between his past and his future, his identity as a loner challenged. Could he want to belong to something bigger? Or, as “Paul 2.0” seems to indicate – does he already?

With To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, readers will find themselves in a world that’s as laugh-out-loud funny as it is provocative. Joshua tackled the workplace in Then We Came to the End, and home life in The Unnamed. WithTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour, he is taking on something larger: the meanings of belief, identity, and community in an age when those ideas are in a state of constant reinvention.

Author photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Location: Street: 315 W. Gorham St. City: Madison, Province: Wisconsin Postal Code: 53703-2218 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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