The 2012-2013 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series continues with prize-winning author T. C. Boyle, whom Newsweek calls “America’s most imaginative contemporary novelist.” Boyle will read from his new novel San Miguel, followed by an on-stage interview and a book sale and signing. Tickets are $5 general admission, available online at . For more info, or 713-521-2026.
According to The New York Times Book Review, “With his rollicking short fiction and novel[s] … , T. C. Boyle has been writing his own fascinating, unpredictable, alternately hilarious and terrifying fictional history of utopian longing in America.” Boyle’s new novel San Miguel is a part of this larger story. Set on the wildest of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California in the 1880s and the 1930s, “Boyle’s epic saga of struggle, loss, and resilience tackles Pacific pioneer history with literary verve.” (Publishers Weekly) Terry Tempest Williams calls it a “saga of three women brought to the island by men … a beautiful, damp, atmospheric novel, sharp and exacting … a reckoning with consequence laced with humor, insight, and pathos.” Booklist calls it “a richly rewarding read,” and The Washington Post writes, “the intensity of Boyle’s narrative never lets it flag.”
One of the hardest-working and most distinguished fiction writers in the U. S., Boyle is the celebrated author of 23 books. His major works include The Women (a New York Times bestseller), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), T. C. Boyle Stories (winner of the PEN/Malamud Prize), The Tortilla Curtain, World’s End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), and The Road to Wellville, which was make into a film starring Anthony Hopkins. Publishers Weekly describes his penultimate novel When the Killing’s Done as “a grand environmental and family drama … Boyle’s animating conflict is tense and nuanced, and his sleek prose yields a tale that is complex, thought-provoking, and darkly funny—everything we have come to expect from him.” His work regularly appears in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Granta, and The Paris Review and has been translated into 25 languages.