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A Noir Soiree with Jonathan Lethem

October 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

A Noir Soiree with Jonathan Lethem

Join us in celebrating the publication of his new novel

Brooklyn Crime Novel

Published by Ecco Books (an imprint of Harper-Collins)

This event will take place at an undisclosed location. Tickets available via Litquake (TBA). Once purchased, you will be directed to the front-counter at City Lights where a black envelope will await you with instructions on how to arrive at the venue.

This event is part of the Litquake 2023 Festival. To learn more visit: https://www.litquake.org/

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn comes a sweeping story of community, crime, and gentrification, tracing more than fifty years of life in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

“A blistering book. A love story. Social commentary. History. Protest novel. And mystery joins the whole together: is the crime ‘time’? Or the almighty dollar? I got a great laugh from it too. Every city deserves a book like this.” — Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon and Let the Great World Spin

On the streets of 1970s Brooklyn, a daily ritual goes down: the dance. Money is exchanged, belongings surrendered, power asserted. The promise of violence lies everywhere, a currency itself. For these children, Black, brown, and white, the street is a stage in shadow. And in the wings hide the other players: parents; cops; renovators; landlords; those who write the headlines, the histories, and the laws; those who award this neighborhood its name.

The rules appear obvious at first. But in memory’s prism, criminals and victims may seem to trade places. The voices of the past may seem to rise and gather as if in harmony, then make war with one another. A street may seem to crack open and reveal what lies behind its glimmering facade. None who lived through it are ever permitted to forget.

Written with kaleidoscopic verve and delirious wit, Brooklyn Crime Novel is a breathtaking tour de force by a writer at the top of his powers. Jonathan Lethem, “one of America’s greatest storytellers” (Washington Post), has crafted an epic interrogation of how we fashion stories to contain the uncontainable: our remorse at the world we’ve made.

Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Arrest, The Feral Detective, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.

This event is made possible by support from the City Lights Foundation. To learn more visit: https://citylights.com/foundation/

Details

Date:
October 18, 2023
Time:
6:00 pm
Website:
https://citylights.com/events/a-noir-soiree-with-jonathan-lethem/

Organizer

City Lights Bookstore
Phone
(415)-362-8193
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Venue

City Lights
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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Phone
(415)-362-8193
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