Book Launch: The Book of Formation by Ross Simonini — in conversation w/ Katherine Hill

Book Launch: The Book of Formation by Ross Simonini — in conversation w/ Katherine Hill

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201



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About the Book:

In the 1990s, a talk show host leads the “personality movement,” an integrative approach to radical self-transformation. Mayah, the movement’s architect and celebrity advocate, adopts a curious, wild child named Masha Isle. A guinea-pig for the movement, and the key to its future, Isle is the subject of the eight interviews that comprise this book.

As the interviewer’s objectivity disintegrates—even as the movement’s legitimacy becomes increasingly suspect—he becomes obsessed with Masha. And all of that is thrown into question when tragedy strikes.

The stunning debut of a new literary talent, and a fascinating take on the cult of personality: about celebrities need to destroy and recreate themselves to stay relevant, public personalities coming to belong to everyone, and about our need to see everyone as a kind of celebrity.

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Ross Simonini PHOTO

Ross Simonini is a writer, artist and musician living in Northern California. He is the interviews editor for The Believer and executive producer of The Organist. He contributes to the New York Times, Art in America, McSweeneys, Interview and frieze. He occasionally teaches seminars on oral literature at Columbia University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Moderator:
katherine hill

Katherine Hill’s novel, The Violet Hour, was published by Scribner in 2013. Her short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including Bookforum, Colorado Review, The Guardian, The Literary Review, n+1, The Nation, and Tin House. She is Assistant Professor of English at Adelphi University.

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