Book Launch: American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal — in conversation w/ Philip Gourevitch
In American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, British investigative journalist Chris McGreal scrutinizes these questions by calling to account those who Americans look to protect them yet stand idly by as the bodies pile up year after year. While other books dwell on victims, this book is unique in that it focuses on the perpetrators, the villains, to construct a picture of how Big Pharma adapted their strategy over time to discredit the evidence that mass opioid prescribing was creating an epidemic.
Authors Jaclyn Gilbert (Late Air) and Blair Hurley (The Devoted) will discuss the slippery slopes of perfectionism in elite distance running and spirituality, interrogating both themes across questions of point-of-view and craft essential to writing their debut novels.
Memoir Monday: Featuring Readings by Sabrina Imbler, Nina Sharma, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and Nick Flynn — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Memoir Monday is a collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads to bring the very best first-person writing together all in one place. This month’s readers include: Sabrina Imbler, Nina Sharma, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and Nick Flynn — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Book Launch: The Labyrinth by Saul Steinberg — Discussion w/ Liana Finck, Bill Kartalopoulos, Françoise Mouly, and Joel Smith
Liana Finck, Bill Kartalopolous, Françoise Mouly, and Joel Smith will discuss the importance of Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth, first published in 1960 and now back in print from New York Review Books. In his books, Steinberg used drawing as a kind of thinking without words. More than a simple catalog or collection of artwork, the carefully arranged pages in The Labyrinth record a brilliant, constantly evolving imagination confronting modern life. It was published during the point in Steinberg’s career when he was starting to shift from commercial and magazine work to drawings for The New Yorker and gallery exhibitions and when his art took on a more intellectual tone.
Album Release Party: Adam and the Animals with performance by musician Valerio Piccolo — in Conversation w/ Lyricist Rick Moody, Nick Flynn & Ben Greenman
In the new album Adam and the Animals, the Italian singer-songwriter Valerio Piccolo teams up with the American novelist and short-story writer Rick Moody to deliver ten songs that bridge the pleasures of literary fiction and indie music. At this album release party, Piccolo will play selections from Adam and the Animals and Poetry Notes, and he and Moody will discuss what it was like working together on the new album.
Nick Flynn (author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and many other memoirs and poetry collections) and Ben Greenman (author of Emotional Rescue: Essays on Love, Loss, and Life—With a Soundtrack, and many other books) will also be on hand to discuss their collaborations with Valerio and having their writing transformed into songs and performed by Piccolo.