Don’t miss Brenna Ehrlich, MTV senior writer/editor and co-creator of “Stuff Hipsters Hate.” She’ll be at WORD for the release of Placid Girl, her debut novel that has all the makings of a YA page-turner: you’ve got your bored teen, your dysfunctional parents, and your Catfish-style mystery surrounding said teen’s Internet relationship with her favorite punk musician, who disappeared long ago. Ehrlich will be joined by Jason Diamond (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), Caryn Rose (B-Sides and Broken Hearts) and Claire Beaudreault of the band Handjob Academy, who will all be telling tales about extreme fandom.
“What if on the outside of this picture, where this guy is sitting on a chair with his guitar, there’s a chained up hostage being held outside the frame?” said Brenna Ehrlich, explaining the inspiration behind her debut novel. “That would be super weird.”
Ehrlich will launch Placid Girl tonight at her neighborhood bookstore, Word in Greenpoint. She describes the YA thriller as a punk rock version of Catfish. After Hallie, a young aspiring drummer, starts talking to her “favorite masked punk musician” on a photo-sharing app, she decides to travel with a group of friends to meet Haze in person. The result is a gut-knotting trajectory from suburban teenager to dangerously obsessed fangirl.
Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, finds retired 1980s ad man Rooney writing his memoir after an era of American Psycho-style unrepentant debauchery and greed (but without the murdering). Join the author for a discussion with the undeniably fabulous author and actress Joan Juliet Buck. (She played Madame Elisabeth Brassart in Julie & Julia and wrote an essay about being intimidated by Nora Ephron during the audition, and she’s written for a bunch of fancy publications, including Vogue, W, and The New Yorker.) And Algonquin’s publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt will be there, too.
Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).