Monday, January 9, 2012
I think we've covered Ayad Akhtar pretty well (Thursday, January 12, 7 pm, for those hiding under a rock), but we've got another fine author this week, Leigh Stein, whose first novel from Melville House, The Fallback Plan, will be featured this Wednesday, January 11, 7 pm.
Stein's novel covers the life after college territory of many a first novel (they are somtimes called slacker lit-we've got at least one more event this winter from an author whose novel veers this territory), but does so in a particularly exuberant and wry manner. Esther is home with a drama degree, not quite ready to give up on an acting career. A babysitting opportunity comes up (or rather, is thrust at her), and really, is there any choice in the matter?
And hey, here's a Gary Shteyngart quote: "Beautiful, funny, thrilling and true."
Here's the Journal Sentinel's event post. I mention this because Mr. Higgins let me know that the arts posts on Tap--reviews and interviews and such, do not count towards your article minimum for subscribing. They continue to be free! Thanks for clearing that up.
Stein's poetry possesses the same cheekiness as her fiction, only perhaps taken to another level. Here's a video from her 2010 blog, Poets and Puppets: