Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm:
We welcome David Grand and Wesley Stace for the release of their two new books, Mount Terminus and Wonderkid. Please join us for an evening of readings from both of these works. Keep reading below for a more in depth review on each of these titles. We are delighted to be hosting this event and we welcome these great additions to our store with open arms.
After his mother’s death, young Bloom boards a train with his bereaved father, Jacob, to travel west across mountains and deserts to California: Mount Terminus, their new home at the desolate end of the world. There, in a villa built atop a rare desert spring, they live apart from society, supported by the income from Jacob’s invention, the Rosenbloom Loop, a piece of technology that has revolutionized the nascent art of filmmaking. And it is there that Bloom grows up in the shadow of his father’s grief, with only a pair of servants, the house’s ghosts, and his own artistic muse for company.
But Jacob can’t forever protect his family from his past-the dramatic series of events that has taken him from the Hebrew Orphan Asylum on New York’s Lower East Side and into the graces of beautiful twin girls to this fragile refuge in pre-Hollywood Los Angeles. And Bloom, now an eccentric dark genius, can’t live alone at the top of the mountain forever. Prodded by his newly discovered half brother, in every way his opposite, Bloom will have to come down to meet the world. The orange farmers and the vaqueros, the speculators and the developers, the artists and the barons of the silver screen, will surely go up the mountain to meet him.
Wesley Stace describes David Grand’s new book, Mount Terminus: ”Mount Terminus is a spellbinding, atmospheric epic from a writer at the top of his game. It’s a story layered with transformations: Bloom’s blossoming into an artist, the California desert’s urbanization, and, brilliantly, the photograph’s development into the moving image. Mount Terminus is cinematic in scope and narrative: a richly imagined masterpiece brought to you in GRANDVISIONT.”
Sold-out concerts, screaming fans, TV shows, Number Ones. This is the rock and roll dream, and the Wonderkids are living it. But something’s wrong. The gigs are sold out, sure, but the halls are packed with little kids-not sexy hipsters. And that screaming? It sounds more like wailing, actually. The TV appearances are PBS on Saturday morning, rather than Saturday Night Live, and as for Number Ones . . . you don’t want to know.
The Wonderkids’ lead singer, songwriter, and resident mad genius Blake Lear has always written lyrics as silly as they are infectious, which is why he has no objection when the band is offered a deal with the devil: the Wonderkids will be rock stars, adored and revered. The catch? Their audience will be children. They will be a “kindie” band avant la lettre, before the Wiggles and Dan Zanes were a twinkle in Raffi’s eye. So the band takes America by storm, and things go very right-until they go very wrong.
Narrated by Sweet, an orphan Blake adopts on a whim, Wonderkid is a delirious and surprisingly touching novel of the dangers of compromise, thwarted ambition, and fathers and sons, told with tremendous humor and energy by Wesley Stace-the rare writer who is as comfortable inside a rock club as he is inside a bookstore. A backstage epic of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but also sippy cups, pillow fights, and Baby Bjorns, this is Almost Famousthrough the looking glass.
Gary Shteyngart writes: ”Finally, a sex, drugs and rock n’ roll book for Dan Zanes fans! Wonderkid also happens to be one of the best books about fathers and sons since Turgenev.”