Hey look, it’s New York Times bestselling author, Don Winslow! Don was at Warwick’s on July 19th for his latest novel, Savages – an ode to French New Wave cinema and a blazingly fast-paced affair. Check out Janet Maslin’s rave NYT review and listen to Don talk about his book on KPBS’s These Days. (Also, coming soon, video proof of Don’s Warwick’s signing on youtube.com/warwicksbooks.)
In other non-JPatt news, I have a review of Anthony Doerr’s new collection of short stories, Memory Wall, over on the Warwick’s blog. Tony’s previous novel, About Grace, has long been one of my favorite books and the new collection is super stellar. The stories all revolve around the central theme of memory and its role in our lives. Powerful, beautiful, great stuff.
For those of you in Southern California, Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and the brand new Super Sad True Love Story will be at Warwick’s on Wednesday, August 11th at 7:30. He’s getting crazy-good reviews lately – including a glowing one from Michiko Kakutani, who usually hates everybody. (Even then she slipped in a dig at Absurdistan, referring to its “pretensions and grandiosity.” Hey, you take what you can get.)
I also met David Mitchell last week. That was awesome. You really, really need to listen to Skylight Books’ podcast of the reading he did there – one of the best author readings I’ve ever witnessed. Besides, he has actually been to the Book Catapult and he thanked me for writing my early review of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – does it get any better than that?