It’s not every day we have the pleasure of introducing
a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist here at the store, so the more
brief I can keep it the better. Michael Chabon is the author of
the acclaimed Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Wonderboys, and
The Mysteries of WEEEEEEOOOOOOOOH!!!
Thanks for making it out to Powell’s on this snowy evening.
I know the effort it took you to get here will be worth it, as
our guest is a writer incredibly blessed with talent. Sandra Cisneros
will be reading from her new novel, and will answer questions
afterword, followed by a brief THAT’S RIGHT, SANDRA CISNEROS
BREAKING IT DOWN P-TOWN STYLE YEEEEAAHHHH!!!!
Haruki Murakami is the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, A
Wild Sheep Chase, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
and numerous other novels, collections of stories, and works of
nonfiction. Uh, those of you in the back, if you could please
move to the side so as not to obstruct the door for those just
coming in, thanks. I know we have a packed room tonight so let’s
cross our fingers and hope the air conditioning doesn’t
go out. Ha ha. So. Mr. Murakami will be reading a selection first
in Japanese, then in English. He told me a few moments ago that
he does not read well in English, but Mr. Murakami, that’s
just hard to believe from someone who translated the complete
works of Raymond Carver into Japanese. CAUSE I’M WOUND-UP
AND ON A WILD CHASE FOR SMOKIN FICTION FROM ACROSS THE PACIFIC,
Welcome to the reading series. Joyce Carol Oates hardly needs
an introduction. AND I WANNA SHOUT OUT TO RICKY AND B-SMALL IN
JERSEY CITY CAUSE JOYCE CAROL OATES IS HELLA FOR REAL, SON. YEEEEEEEEEOOOOOWW!!!
This is wonderful, just an amazing turn out for an author who
deserves so many accolades. When I sat down last night to write
this introduction for Anthony Swofford, I went off on this tangent
about our current situation in Iraq and whenever I got stuck I’d
open up Jarhead and find what I had written was so inferior compared
to the insight, pathos, and even wit that this up and coming young
writer brings to every page. So I’ll spare you all and keep
this short. Following his reading, Anthony will take a few questions
and CAUSE JARHEAD IS IN THE MOTHER EFFING HIZZOUSE!!! YOOOOOOOOOO!!!!