Tom McCarthy, whose extraordinary novel C has been shortlisted for the Man Booker (more on the book to come), is reading tonight at McNally Jackson in Nolita. I saw him at BookCourt on Tuesday, and will be there tonight as well. As with the book, once isn't enough...
Thursday, September 16
@ McNally Jackson Books
(52 Prince St., b/t Lafayette & Mulberry)
From MJ (not that one):
"If you follow any of our chatty social media you've likely heard me spraying the web with excitement about this book and this author. McCarthy is the British author of Remainder, a bravura piece of fiction that Zadie Smith famously lauded for breaking down and rebuilding the novel as we know it. His second effort, simply titled C, is not only the spectacular riveting collapse of the novel, timed to mirror the spiraling decoherence of the early twentieth century events within the book, but also a compression of and disregard for enlightenment-era fictional conventions like character arc. It's one of the best novels I've read in a while, and a great excitement to have McCarthy here to read from it.
Tom McCarthy is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos and media interventions he has made as general secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. His first novel was Remainder and, in 2006, he published Tintin and the Secret of Literature."