Monday, May 2, 2011

Patricia Wells on Tuesday, Gary Shteyngart on Wednesday

From Paris and Provence to Ninth Street! The award-winning cookbook author Patricia Wells will be at the bookshop Tuesday night with her newest book, Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main Dish Salads for Every Season.

And Wednesday night (for something completely different) we host one of my absolutely favorite current novelists, Gary Shteyngart, celebrating the paperback release of his recent novel, Super Sad True Love Story.
Super Sad... (it's not, really) is set in a dystopian near future where the U.S. is bankrupt, everyone walks around wearing i-phones on steroids that broadcast all their intimate details to everyone around them (and to the government as well), and no-one reads anything longer than an email. Wandering through this not so brave new world is one Lenny Abramov, a fan of "printed bound artifacts" (books), who has fallen in love (how retro...) with a Korean-American woman named Eunice Park.

It's Woody Allen meets George Orwell, with an extra dash of Russian fabulism. Super Sad True Love Story was named a "Best Book" on more than forty 2010 year-end lists-and that doesn't count mine. David Mitchell calls the book "An intoxicating brew of keen-edged satire, social prophecy, linguistic exuberance, and emotional wallop."

Come meet a great writer--and a real live wire--Gary Shteyngart, at The Regulator Wednesday night.

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