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Johan Harstad and Garth Risk Hallberg at Housing Works

Johan Harstad and Garth Risk Hallberg at Housing Works

June 6, 2011 11:55pm

Norway meets New York in this double launch event for Johan Harstad’s BUZZ ALDRIN, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN ALL THE CONFUSION? (Seven Stories Press) and the paperback release of Garth Risk Hallberg’s A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY (Mark Batty Publisher).

In this debut novel by an author n+1 Book Review called “one of the most important writers of his generation” and described by his Norwegian publisher as the “Norwegian Murakami,” BUZZ ALDRIN, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN ALL THE CONFUSION? tells the strange and epic tale of a thirty-something gardener in Stavanger, Norway who idolized Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, for his willingness to give up the glory of being first for the success of the mission, in an unconventional story about unconventional psychiatry, the Faroe Islands, amateur boat building, and the journey across the space that divides us from other people: a journey as remote and dangerous as the trip to the moon itself.

Called “a gorgeous labyrinth of a book” by Rivka Galchen (author of Atmospheric Disturbances) and “a perfect marriage between sculptured form and wondrous content” by Reif Larson (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet), Garth Risk Hallberg’s A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY tells the story of two families in the same Long Island neighborhood, who for years have coexisted peacefully, yet whose suburban lives are thrown into chaos by the death of one family’s patriarch, leaving the survivors with a stark imperative: adapt or face extinction.

Harstad and Hallberg will come together at Housing Works Bookstore for an evening of conversation on topics of family, isolation, personal evolution, graphic design, modern fiction, and more, along with readings from both books and music by Brooklyn acoustic duo Sweater.

More info and directions here on the Housing Works Bookstore events list.

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