Book Talk

Sunday, September 26, at 4:00pm, two of the country’s best young writers– Joshua Ferris (author of Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed) and Peter Bognanni (author of The House of Tomorrow)–meet at Magers & Quinn for a public conversation about their work.

The Unnamed is ambitious, intelligent, and even more complex than Ferris’s debut novel, Then We Came to the End“–Christian Science Monitor

Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father’s honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world. He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

“An unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization’s defenses. Ferris’s prose is brash, extravagant, and, near the end, chillingly beautiful.”–The New Yorker

Joshua Ferris’s first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. It has been translated into 24 languages. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, Prairie Schooner, and The Iowa Review. He lives in New York.

This event is part of the “InDigest 1207 Reading Series” series, presented in Minneapolis by Magers & Quinn Booksellers and InDigest magazine–an online literary magazine focused on creating a dialogue about and between the arts. 1207 brings together authors and other artists to show that the process of writing (and reading) is not done in a vacuum, but is an interactive process. Learn more at

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