January 27, 2011

Live Taping of NPR's "Agony Column"

San Francisco is going through another one of those talent booms--so many great up and coming writers.  One of my favorites is Matt Stewart, whose first novel "The French Revolution" came out last year.  You should buy Matt's book.  Buy 2 and give the extra to a total stranger.  I bet that person will track you down and hug you silly with gratitude.

Matt and I will be doing NPR's Agony Column together February 12th.  The event will be taped live at the Capitola Book Cafe.  It's a perfect way to spend a Saturday night.  The topic is one near and dear to my heart: the personal apocalypse.  So if you'd like to come hear a couple idiots wax poetic about self-destruction and redemption in literature, we'd love to have you there.  We promise to answer your questions like perfect gentlemen.

Here's the official press release:

Saturday, February 12, at 6:30 PM

Join KUSP's Rick Kleffel for another Agony Column Live, featuring novelists Matt Stewart and Joshua Mohr for a discussion of Comedy, Redemption and Creating the Personal Apocalypse.

Matt Stewart is the author of "The French Revolution," which explores and explodes the lives of a San Francisco family, from the birth of twins named Robespierre and Marat to their twin triumphs -- and that of their mother -- in the strange new world of the 21st century.

Joshua Mohr is the author of "Some Things That Meant the World to Me" about a man named Rhonda who faces his past; and "Termite Parade" in which Mired, her boyfriend Derek, and his twin brother Frank forge through an entertainingly surreal world of booze and delusions.

Every day we have a new chance to blow up our lives; these writers help us understand how to do so in the grandest style possible, and laugh our way to our personal Apocalypse.  Flannery O'Connor once wrote that, "If you have a good car, then you do not need to be redeemed!"  On Saturday, February 12, you can seek redemption by getting in your car, good or not, to see Matt Stewart and Joshua Mohr join host Rick Kleffel for The Agony Column Live, a night of literary entertainment.