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Book Release & Reading: John Darnielle’s ‘Wolf in White Van’

20575425John Darnielle, frontman of The Mountain Goats, is launching the paperback of his debut novel Wolf in White Van. The book, though described as “dark” and “gripping,” appears to have broad appeal, earning rave reviews in everything from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to O: The Oprah Magazine. “A stunning meditation on the power of escape, and on the cat-and-mouse contest the self plays to deflect its own guilt,” said Ethan Gilsdorf of The New York Times Book Review. The novel tells the story of a man isolated by a disfiguring injury who creates a text-based role-playing game — disaster strikes when two players take their gameplay into the real world.
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Talks and Readings: Boy Cyclops, ‘Coolest Female Poet,’ and Rise of the Robots


Rachel B. Glaser’s debut novel Paulina & Fran is celebrating its launch with readings from the author and special guests Leopoldine Core (Veronica Bench) and Mark Leidner (The Angel in The Dream of Our Hangover: Aphorisms). The novel is described as “a story of friendship, art, sex and curly hair.” It’s Glaser’s first full length work of fiction, but she’s already an accomplished writer with a published short story collection and book of poetry; her work has appeared in the anthologies 30 Under 30 and New American Stories, and Nylon has cited her as one of the “Coolest Female Poets to Know Right Now.” The conversation will be led by author Elisa Albert (After Birth).
Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street (Nolita).

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