Join Bill Clegg, author of the bestselling memoir Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, for the release of his first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family. The novel was selected as Amazon’s best book of September and called “masterly” by the New York Times; it’s about a woman who loses her entire family to a devastating tragedy on the eve of her daughter’s wedding. It follows her on her cross-country journey, where she meets people who were in their own ways affected by the disaster. Ultimately, it promises to be a tale of hope and a celebration of family – the ones we make and the ones we create. Don’t miss Clegg in conversation with Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hungers and Once the Shore, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction
For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).