Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Readings in October

I realize now I dragged this out way too long, but here is the cover of the novel. Allison Saltzman, who also designed the cover for Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, did the cover design, and the art is by Julie Morstad. I have been a fan of Morstad's work, mostly because of the two children's books she's illustrated, When You Were Small & Where You Came From, which are so beautiful, so it was a thrill to see the illustration of the Fang family.

Here's a description of the book, which I did not write:

Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as along as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.

When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance—their magnum opus—whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

Filled with Kevin Wilson’s endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.

I'm also going to be reading in the midwest this month. I'll be reading on Thursday, October 14, with Nami Mun for the University of Cincinnati's Emerging Fiction Writers Festival. Holly Goddard Jones and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. They are all writers I really love, so I'm excited to be hanging out with them.
The following week, I'll be reading at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on October 20th. I begged the people at UMSL to take me to C&K Barbecue, which is supposed to have incredible pig snoots and ribs.


scott mcclanahan said...

This looks great Kevin. I can't wait.

Molly Gaudry said...

This is very exciting! I can't wait for it!

And, seriously, have fun in Cincinnati! Say hi to everyone for me. :)

Jason Jordan said...

Congrats, again. I look forward to it!

l. said...

come read in san francisco!

Holly Goddard Jones said...

Kevin, just saw this! I'll tell you this in person later today, I'm sure, but this reminds me a little of the Edward Gorey illustrations for those Johnny Dixon mystery books. Did you read those? I had a used copy of the THE MUMMY, THE WILL, AND THE CRYPT that I read again and again as a little girl. Anyway, very positive associations. Beautiful cover.

the half-life of linoleum said...

Fantastic. . . anyone from The MacDowell Colony inspire these characters?

I'll keep following the blog to see if you're heading to NY for any readings. . . in the near future.


alexamonster said...

I loved Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and this sounds like a beautiful novel. The illustrations are great...Wes Anderson-esque. I can't wait to read it!

Clifford Garstang said...

Really looking forward to it, Kevin. You'll let me know if you come this way? I can set up a reading here!

winner said...

I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^