Sunday, September 19, 2010

Steampunk, Hypnotists, Anarchists, Garbage Collectors & Wine...

... I think I just might! Oh wait, I have a focus group to be at on Wednesday.... nevermind... At times I feel like all I do is write about stuff people can do, though I have no time to do it myself, because when I have 'down time' I am selling advertising to keep the newsletter going, or relaxing, or working on other jobs and random things. But this is exactly the kind of event I would go to if I had a day job, thus I will add it to the calendar in hopes that others will go to the reading, preferably in costume.

Jean-Christophe Valtat reads from Aurorarama at Quimby’s

Set in the glittering Arctic city of “New Venice,” Aurorarama imagines an intricate steampunk society populated with anarchists, hypnotists, rock stars, drug-addled bohemians, dapper secret police, and a secret society of subterranean garbage collectors. French author Jean-Christophe Valtat has drawn on a wealth of research about Arctic exploration, Victorian mysticism, and 19th-century technology to create a truly unforgettable literary adventure tale that calls to mind Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the graphic-novel classics of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, and such genre-bending literary sensations as Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell or Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Smart, playful, sexy, and surreal, Aurorarama marks the first book in an enchanting new trilogy from Melville House Publishing.

So whether you’re into science fiction/fantasy or just fiction, whether you’re into steampunk or neo-Victorian, or you just want to come out and support an independent bookstore, you should come. And wine will be served! At least one French accent will be there for your enchantment. And of course there will probably at least one person with brass goggles.

Come wearing your steampunk gear, and the best costume gets a prize! Need some help with understanding what steampunk is? Here’s some helpful info, via Wikipedia.

Wednesday, September 22, 7pm
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave.
p: 773-342-0910

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