Acclaimed Author of The Flame Alphabet Ben Marcus
speaking & signing Leaving the sea: Stories PLEASE READ: The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line at this event. Books & tickets are now available. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
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From one of the most innovative and vital writers working today comes an extraordinary collection of stories that showcases his gifts and range as never before. Join us tonight as we welcome Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet and Notable American Women, back to BookPeople to share his latest literary endeavor, in which characters resort to extreme survival strategies to navigate the terrors of adulthood. The reading is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing.
As the collection progresses, we move from more traditional narratives into the experimental work that has made Ben Marcus a groundbreaking master of the short form. In these otherworldly landscapes, characters resort to extreme survival strategies to navigate the terrors of adulthood, one opting to live in a lightless cave and another methodically setting out to recover total childhood innocence; an automaton discovers love and has to reinvent language to accommodate it; filial loyalty is seen as a dangerous weakness that must be drilled away; and the distance from a cubicle to the office coffee cart is refigured as an existential wasteland, requiring heroic effort.
In these piercing, brilliantly observed investigations into human vulnerability and failure, it is often the most absurd and alien predicaments that capture the deepest truths. Surreal and tender, terrifying and life-affirming, Leaving the sea is the work of an utterly unique writer at the height of his powers.
Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. His work has appeared in Grand Street, Harper's, McSweeney's, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City. 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.
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Location: Street: 603 N Lamar Blvd City: Austin, Province: Texas Postal Code: 78703-5413 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)