Friday, March 14th, 7:30pm:
Two Dollar Radio presents their authors D. Foy, Grace Krilanovich, and Karolina Waclawiak at the Last Bookstore. The Columbus, Ohio-based publisher brings the authors of a few of their “books too loud to ignore” for a reading and conversation.
D. Foy’s new book, Made to Break, releases in March.
Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends – three men and two women – head to a remote cabin near Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holidays. They’ve been buddies forever, banded together by scrapes and squalor, their relationships defined by these wild times.
After a car accident leaves one friend sick and dying, and severe weather traps them at the cabin, there is nowhere to go, forcing them to finally and ultimately take stock and confront their past transgressions, considering what they mean to one another and themselves.
With some of the most luminous and purple prose flexed in recent memory, D. Foy is an incendiary new voice and Made to Break, a grand, episodic debut, redolent of the stark conscience of Denis Johnson and the spellbinding vision of Roberto Bolaño.
“Reading D. Foy’s prose is like watching Robert Stone and Wallace Stevens drag race across a frozen lake atmidnight.”—Anthony Swofford
D. Foy has had work published or forthcoming in Bomb, Frequencies: Volume 3, PostRoad, The Literary Review, and The Georgia Review. His story, “Barnacles of the Fuzz,” appeared in Forty New Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, edited by Cal Morgan. An essay on the American laundromat will appear in Snorri Bros.’sLaundromat, an homage in photographs to laundromats throughout New York City, available from powerHouseBooks.
Grace Krilanovich’s book The Orange Eats Creeps made many year-end best of lists in 2010.
A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along “The Highway That Eats People,” stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks’ “Bob” and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.
“Grace Krilanovich’s first book is a steamy cesspool of language that stews psychoneurosis and viscera into a horrific new organism — the sort of muck in which Burroughs, Bataille, and Kathy Acker loved to writhe.”
Grace Krilanovich has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a finalist for the
Starcherone Prize. Her first book,The Orange Eats Creeps, is the only novel to be excerpted twice in Black Clock.
Karolina Waclawiak’s novel, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, was Salon‘s “Most Overlooked Book of the Year.”
How To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents’ Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community. She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya’s apartment. It is Anya’s wish to gain entrance to this seeminly exclusive club. How To Get Into the Twin Palms is a really funny and often moving book that provides a unique twist on the immigrant story, and provides a credible portrait of the city of Los Angeles, literally burning to the ground.
“Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching.”-Gary Shteyngart
Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.