This is The Mountain Goats’ johndarnielle on nprfreshair talking about his novel Wolf in White Van, self destruction, The Incredible Hulk, and, of course, heavy metal.
johndarnielle on his childhood hero:
My dude was the Incredible Hulk — that was my hero. I get emotional when I think about it. … He valued and treasured his friends and … anyone who mistreated them, he wanted to destroy, utterly.
For real: not many tickets left for our John Darnielle event on Oct. 7. We’re talking a dozen. Get them while you can: http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/Shows/10-07-2014+John+Darnielle
1:49 pm • 17 September 2014 • 295 notes
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
We’re hosting John Darnielle October 7! We just want to tell you because there are not many tickets left and we don’t want you to not go because you waited. That’s all. Because the novel is amazing. Kate, Mandy, and Stefan all read it and loved it and want you to read this novel and love it too. You will. Without a doubt you will.
11:39 am • 8 September 2014 • 1,666 notes
Sean is a consistently generous and sympathetic hero, and if the novel’s closing pages substitute ambiguity for plainspokenness, they highlight the book’s theme of finding things worth living for within physical and psychological despair. A pop culture–infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom.
(via WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle | Kirkus)
Starred Kirkus for Wolk in White Van by John Darnielle!
THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD COME TO OUR EVENT WITH JOHN DARNIELLE
12:04 pm • 15 July 2014 • 174 notes
So, I have a strong preference for reblogging over original posts on Tumblr, even when I’m announcing something. Reblogging seems like the spirit of Tumblr: I have a website where I can just make a straight-ahead put-in-on-the-internet announcement if that’s what I want to do, and then I can link to it from Twitter and so on. Or go door-to-door saying “have you visited mountain hyphen goats dot com today, neighbor?” as my son, even at his tender age, has repeatedly asked me to not do.
So what we have here is one of the images that came up when I searched on “Wolf In White Van” without quotes around it just now. I don’t know what movie it’s from and I’m 100% ok with not knowing, honestly I prefer to believe it’s a hi-res cell phone video of something that actually happened, but there it was, anyway, early in the search, wicked as hell, heading not for the camera which you can’t eat anyway but for the boom operator, brave soul, still holding down the station as the wolf advances, drool dripping from its maw.
The reason why I searched on “Wolf In White Van” is I’m doing a book tour in the fall.
9/15 – New York, NY
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
With John Hodgman
9/18 – Durham, NC
Motorco, presented by The Regulator
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
9/22 – Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607
9/24 – Nashville, TN
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
9/25 – Oxford, MS
Thacker Mountain Radio
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
9/29 – San Francisco, CA
Green Apple Books
With Robin Sloan
Make Out Room
9/30 – Los Angeles, CA
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
10/1 – Portland, OR
1005 W. Burnside Street
Portland OR 97209
With Matt Fraction
10/2 – Denver, CO
The Tattered Cover
2526 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
10/5 – Dallas, TX
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Presented by WordSpace and Deep Vellum
10/6 – Austin, TX
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
With Joe Gross
10/7 – Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Books
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
With Mairead Case
10/8 – Brookline, MA
Coolidge Theater, presented by Brookline Booksmith
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Complete information, or complete with respect to the subject at hand, anyway, with links to the events and so forth, is over at mountain hyphen goats dot com right now, so, you know, advance your wolf over there for the details.
I will see you soon!
This is going to be so rad. We’re excited for October!
10:10 am • 11 July 2014 • 3,247 notes
Chicago Independent Bookstore Day July 12, 2014!
Special collector’s puzzle designed by Lilli Carre. Check chicagobookstoreday.com for more info.
11:45 am • 8 July 2014 • 34 notes
Why We Love Local
There’s something that can be learned from what a writer says about its local bookstore community. Much of what gets a book into a person’s hands these days is by personal connections. Independent…
Local writers making us all weak in the knees.
3:04 pm • 23 June 2014 • 9 notes
Thanks, Joyce, for reminding us that SO MUCH can happen in one day. Happy Bloomsday! #bloomsday #joyce #lit
11:11 am • 16 June 2014 • 15 notes
“They didn’t deserve her. No high school boy did. She was better than that, Sylvia knew, bigger and better and ready to shed her skin like a snake.”
—Emma Straub, The Vacationers
11:33 am • 27 May 2014 • 1,348 notes
Hillary Clinton describes the challenge of writing Hard Choices, her forthcoming memoir, and reveals the most important personal moments during her four years as Secretary of State. Learn more here and watch the video here.
Pre-order through us before June 10 and get 20% off! http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/book/9781476751443
4:47 pm • 21 May 2014 • 63 notes
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look at BACKSTROM.
Based on Leif GW Persson’s series of books of the same name, BACKSTROM stars Rainn Wilson alongside (from left) Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, Kristoffer Polaha, and Genevieve Angelson.
Another show based on a book series! Read them now. Read them later. Read. http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/search/apachesolr_search?author_filter=Persson%2C%20Leif%20Gw
4:04 pm • 21 May 2014 • 4 notes
Anna Aemelin had the great, persuasive power of monomania, of being able to see and embrace a single idea, of being interested in one thing only. And that one thing was the woods, the forest floor. Anna Aemelin could render the ground in a forest so faithfully and in such minute detail that she missed not the tiniest needle. Her watercolours were small and implacably naturalistic, and they were as pretty as the springy blanket of mosses and delicate plants that a person walks across in a dense forest but seldom really observes. Anna Aemelin made people see.
—Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (pictured here with a pair of trousers, and a mug of tea—but we don’t question the nice people who send us photographs)
2014 is the centenary of Tove Jansson’s birth and we’ll be releasing an original collection of her stories (never before published in the US or Canada), The Woman Who Borrowed Memories.
Do you have a picture of an NYRB Classic with coffee or tea? Send it to this address and we’ll post it here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).
We love Tove Jansson! She’s an Unabridged super fave.
5:46 pm • 24 April 2014 • 33 notes