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Join us at Music Box Theatre for an everning with the creepily awesome creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and their new book Welcome to Night Vale!
A mysterious stranger, an estranged father, and, most likely–imminent danger. The fictitious town of Night Vale sets small town drama and paranormal activities against the backdrop of the American southwest. “Welcome to Night Vale”–part podcast, part community radio show–shares the happenings of this town with listeners. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the show, have turned the town’s stories into a novel (called “hypnotic and darkly funny” by The Guardian). From the mundane to the supernatural, they’ll share stories from their new work and give insight into what makes Night Vale so mysterious.
About the Novel:
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.
Joseph Fink created and co-writes the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show. In his mid-twenties he started Commonplace Books, a very small publishing company, producing two collections of short works which he edited and laid out at his office job when his boss wasn’t looking. Later Jeffrey approached Joseph with the idea of writing a play about time travel. They co-wrote and performed this play in the East Village in August of 2011. Soon afterwards, Joseph started brainstorming a new project he and Jeffrey could co-write and this led to the pilot episode of Welcome to Night Vale. He is from California but doesn’t live there anymore.
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes—along with Joseph Fink—the hit podcast and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He also makes theater and dance. He has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed a two-man show (What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us) with Joseph, and collaborated with choreographer (also wife) Jillian Sweeney to create three full-length dance pieces: Imaginary Lines, This could be it, and Vulture-Wally. Jeffrey lives in New York State.
Join us at the Book Cellar for night of live music from acoustic guitarist and singer Spencer McCreary!
About Spencer McCreary: Classically trained on violin and well versed on guitar, McCreary exudes the poise of his disciplined musical upbringing while taking us to new places with his modern style. Lovers of all music will be captivated by acoustic covers and unique originals, both complemented by McCreary’s poignant vocals. The Pennsylvania native and Wheaton College graduate collaborates with six former classmates to comprise their band, Cardinal Harbor. The band has toured throughout Pennsylvania and also in the Midwest. They are currently working on a third studio album.
Join us at the Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Joe Meno's latest book Marvel and a Wonder; hosted by Todd Summar of Goreyesque Magazine and featuring Goreyesque guest readers Julia Fine, Amy Giacalone, Jan-Henry Gray, and Jan Bottiglieri.
About Joe Meno:
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of six novels, Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. His short story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney’s, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Magazine.
What Critics are saying about Marvel and a Wonder:
“Evoking William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, Meno’s suspenseful, mordantly incisive, many-layered tale can also be read as an equine Moby-Dick. As he tracks the bewildering seismic shifts under way in America, Meno celebrates everyday marvels, including the hard-proven love between grandfather and grandson.”
—Booklist, Starred review
“Faulkner-ian epic for the contemporary age… . [Meno] draws on the grave themes and austere styles of writers like Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell to offer a mix of biblical allegories, tinder-dry prose, and noble characters trying to survive in a wretched world… . The novel’s prose is marvelous is its spare, convincing grit while the story’s themes of family, redemption, sacrifice, and faith echo the plays of Sam Shepard at times… . A grandiose, atmospheric portrait of Middle America in all its damaged glory.”
“The latest by Meno is a compelling mash-up of magic and the absurd with the grittiness of a world inhabited by punks, thieves, and losers, as a grandfather and his grandson take a road trip through 1990s rural America in search of their stolen horse… . This is a provocative reflection on the lives of the disenfranchised in the waning days of the 20th century, with a bittersweet resolution that will resonate with readers.”
We will be closing at 5 pm for Labor Day; enjoy your day off!
Afterwords Book Group reads their September selection Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.