The Book Cellar
Matt Gavin Frank reads from and answers questions about his book, Preparing the Ghost.
Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this strikingly original and enigmatic account of the first man to photograph a giant squid.
Moses Harvey was the eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist who first photographed the near-mythic giant squid in 1874, draping it over a shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Moses’s story becomes much more, as fellow squid-enthusiast Matthew Gavin Frank boldly winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all.
Matt Gavin Frank was born and raised in Chicago, and recieved an MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University.