Inprint presents an evening with bestselling nonfiction writers Jonathan Lethem and John Jeremiah Sullivan, closing out the 2012-2013 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.Both authors will read from their work and participate in an on-stage interview conducted by editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly Jake Silverstein. A book sale and signing will follow the reading, at which time audience members can meet the authors. This event will be preceded by Books & Bellinis, Inprint’s young professionals mixer, which takes place at Birraporetti’s Downtown, from 6:00 – 7:15 pm.
Jonathan Lethem, a MacArthur “genius” fellowship winner, is one of America’s most acclaimed novelists, essayists, and short-story writers. The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Aside from being one of the most inventive writers on the planet, Lethem is also one of the funniest.” Lethem’s novels include Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Fortress of Solitude, a New York Times bestseller; and Chronic City, a New York Times Best Book of 2009. The Ecstasy of Influence, a collection of Lethem’s essays discussing (among many other things) the role of writer as public intellectual, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of the nonfiction works Fear of Music and They Live, which explore his views and experiences of a seminal rock album and a cult sci-fi film, respectively.
John Jeremiah Sullivanis a young star of the literary nonfiction world with articles appearing regularly in magazines such as Harper’s and GQfor the past several years. Sullivan’s first essay collection Pulphead landed on the year-end best-book lists of Time, The New York Times, and Amazon's Best Books of 2011. NPR enthused: “[The essays in Pulphead are] among the liveliest magazine features written by anyone in the past 10 years … a collection that shows why Sullivan might be the best magazine writer around.” Sullivan, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and southern editor of The Paris Review, is also the author of Blood Horses, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, which, inspired by his father, a sportswriter, traces the history of horse racing.