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Folks, still sorting out some details, but I want to let everybody know what the upcoming book tour looks like for PANORAMA CITY:
(Always available on the ABOUT > EVENTS page.)
Official NY book launch:
Antoine Wilson (in Conversation with Ed Park), McNally-Jackson Bookstore, New York, NY, September 28, 2012.
L.A. sneak peek event:
West Hollywood Book Fair, “Calling of the Land” panel w/ Katie Arnoldi, Anne-Marie Kinney, Tatjana Soli, moderated by Patrick Brown. September 30, 2012, 12:45pm.
A quick Bay Area tour:
Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2012.
Diesel, a Bookstore, Oakland, CA, October 3, 2012. 7:00 pm.
L.A. Book Release Party (you’re invited!):
Diesel, a Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, October 4, 2012. 7:00 pm (cocktails at 6:30)
For my Hollywood and Eastside peeps:
BOOK SOUP, West Hollywood, CA, October 16, 7:00 pm.
Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 7:30 pm.
Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA, October 9, 2012.
Room of One’s Own, Madison, WI, October 10, 2012.
UT New Writers Project, Book People, Austin TX, October 11, 2012. 7:00 pm.
Miami Book Fair, November 16-18, 2012.
HOPE TO SEE YOU OUT THERE IN REAL LIFE!!!
So today I got an email from my old school writing homie John Woodward, sympathizing with my book trailer plight. Not only sympathizing, but linking to a trailer Woody himself threw together:
THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYTHING I AM WORKING ON.
In exchange for his fine work, Woody gets my eternal gratitude.*
*Which he had already.
Some years ago, Jonathan Franzen made a terrible author video. I watched it many times and laughed. The more I watched it, though, the more it made sense to me as the ideal act of authorly rebellion…and the more I found myself sympathizing with Franzen’s concerns.
Finally, today, I recorded my cover version. Here it is in all its glory:
Here’s the original Franzen version.
To balance the scales, here’s a much better Franzen video on comic writers (re Gogol: “He was a chilly motherfucker.”):
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY gives PANORAMA CITY a STARRED, BOXED review in this week’s issue:
Wilson’s second novel (after Interloper) is fresh and flawlessly crafted as well as charmingly genuine. Oppen Porter is almost 30, a guileless man who lives in a small central California town with his reclusive father in a house overtaken by nature. Untouched by cynicism, Oppen’s interpretation of the world around him evokes both the sublime and the ridiculous. His daily routine consists of riding into town on his bicycle to find odd jobs, feeling sublime happiness at “the softest burring sound” his tires make on the asphalt, and playing a long-running game of chicken with Hector and Mike Alvarez. But the death of Oppen’s father changes Oppen’s life, sending him to live with his Aunt Liz in Panorama City, in the San Fernando Valley, where he pursues two goals: to become a man of the world (he wants this) and to never again be the village idiot (his Aunt Liz wants this). On his way to his new life, Oppen meets a wise man who threatens to derail Aunt Liz’s plans and bring Oppen’s lofty goal into question. Oppen experiments with various roles—dedicated worker, student of religion, thinker—eventually finding his place in the world, framing a classic coming-of-age story in an unexpected way.
And the following rave review will appear in BOOKLIST’s August 1st issue:
Oppen Porter is 28, six-and-a-half feet tall, surprisingly philosophical, and a self-described “slow absorber.” While lying in a hospital bed, certain that he won’t survive the night after being hit by a truck, he dictates the circumstances leading up to the collision to a tape recorder that will be passed on to his pregnant wife and unborn son. Although Oppen focuses on the relatively short time that he lived in Panorama City after his father passed away, he tries to pepper his story with meaningful life lessons and universal truths for his son’s betterment. Wilson’s Panorama City is a candid and perceptive exploration of how families connect and how society’s most popular methods of advancement may not always be the most beneficial. Oppen is an excellent judge of character, and Wilson’s ability to sketch out such an ideal narrator should be commended. Readers who enjoy Mark Haddon and Greg Olear will appreciate Wilson’s authorial voice, which blends Oppen’s good-natured naïveté and humorous asides with incisive cynicism. A funny, heartfelt, and genuine novel.
I am sooooo stoked to see PC getting a nice reception out there in the world of publishing. And a starred review?! I’m over the moon.
Not that I read my reviews.
My favorite moment. (Because it’s real, but not too real…)
Which means I’ll be there, too!
Last time I attended BEA it was in L.A., and I snagged a pass from my homies at Other Press. It was super-fun, but I have to admit that I felt like a bit of an interloper.
Excited to be there for a legit reason this time.
What do I wear?!?
A long time ago, when I was just a tadpole, I read a book called V. by Thomas Pynchon, and it helped me decide–along with The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and Another Country by James Baldwin–to set aside my premed studies and pursue writing exclusively.
And so way back then, when I saw a first edition of V. at Brentwood’s (now gone) Vagabond Books, with a torn and faded dust jacket, I saved up the $100 to buy it.
I couldn’t really afford it, and I doubted it would grow much in value, considering the condition, but it’s a purchase I have never regretted.
panorama city (available now)
"THIS IS A BOOK YOU WILL HOLD IN YOUR HEAD ALL DAY LONG, A BOOK YOU WILL LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM WORK, A BOOK YOU WILL STILL BE SAVORING AS YOU DRIFT INTO SLEEP. IT IS FILLED WITH JOY AND WONDER, AND A SORT OF GOODNESS YOU HAD STOPPED BELIEVING MIGHT BE EVEN POSSIBLE."
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