Jordan Castro, author of The Novelist: A Novel will be in conversation with Kimberly King Parsons during a virtual event with Mac's on Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm.
This is a special evening for us---Jordan lives in NYC now but he worked at American Apparel on Coventry for a few years and he participated in many events at Mac's during that time---including hosting an event with writer Tao Lin.
In his inventive, funny, and surprisingly tender first novel, we follow a young man over the course of a single morning as he tries and fails to write an autobiographical novel, finding himself instead drawn into the infinite spaces of Twitter, quotidian rituals, and his own mind. The act of making coffee prompts a reflection on the limits of self-knowledge; an editor’s embarrassing tweet sparks rage at the literary establishment; a meditation on first person versus third examines choice and action; an Instagram post about the ethics of having children triggers mimetic rivalry; the act of doing the dishes is at once ordinary and profound: one of the many small commitments that make up a life of stability. The Novelist: A Novel pays tribute to Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine and Thomas Bernhard’s Woodcutters, but in the end is a wholly original novel about language and consciousness, the internet and social media, and addiction and recovery.
Jordan has also published two poetry collections and is the former editor of New York Tyrant Magazine.
Kimberly King Parsons is the author of Black Light, a debut collection that was longlisted for the Story Prize and the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and New York Tyrant, among others, and she lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is at work on a novel (forthcoming from Knopf) about Texas, motherhood, and LSD