Posts tagged “soho press”
August 21, 2013
In this new book review segment Seven Stories Press intern Ellen Waddell reviews SoHo Press’s acclaimed novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.
I recently read Matt Bell’s In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods a debut novel that follows the lives of a pair of newlyweds as they struggle to establish themselves within the definition of “a family.” The husband, never addressed by name, is eager to have children and pressures his wife, likewise unnamed, through a chain of miscarriages that drives the couple further and further apart. Finally, out of desperation, the wife steals another woman’s child and pretends that it is her own to placate her husband, but this only marks the beginning of the deep unrest that characterizes their relationship throughout the rest of the novel. Sounds like a pretty normal depiction of unsatisfied married life, right?
Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture featuring Andri Snaer Magnason
February 27, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of LoveStar and Philip K. Dick Award nominee, will be at Housing Works Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm to celebrate science fiction writing. Alongside Sean Ferrel (The Man in the Empty Suit, Soho Press February 2013) and Stephen H. Segal (Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, Quirk Books 2011), Magnason will be discussing LoveStar and science-fiction writing. All the authors will be available for book signings.
In LoveStar, nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, he enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.