Tin House

Events

John Benditt reading - Green Apple Books on the Park

Wednesday, March 4th, 7:30pm

Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

“John Benditt’s debut novel is wholly original. Beautifully written in language as straightforward as that of a parable, The Boatmaker is a complex modern fable about innocence, discovery, loss, and redemption. Its protagonist, an Everyman who is discontent yet uncorrupted, takes us on a journey through cynicism, despair, violence, wonder, and prejudice only to lead us back to a place where we know who we are and why we have reason to dream.”
—Rachel Urquhart, author of The Visionist

A fierce and complicated man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the isolated island where he was born. Encountering the wider world for the first time, the reluctant hero falls into a destructive love affair, is swept up into a fanatical religious movement, and finds himself a witness to racial hatred unlike anything he’s ever known. The boatmaker is tempted, beaten, and betrayed: his journey marked by chilling episodes of violence and horror while he struggles to summon the strength to make his own way. The Boatmaker is a fable for our times, a passionate love story, and an odyssey of self-discovery.

 

http://www.johnbenditt.com/

 


John Benditt reading - Warwick's

Thursday, March 5th, 7:30pm

Warwick’s
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

“John Benditt’s debut novel is wholly original. Beautifully written in language as straightforward as that of a parable, The Boatmaker is a complex modern fable about innocence, discovery, loss, and redemption. Its protagonist, an Everyman who is discontent yet uncorrupted, takes us on a journey through cynicism, despair, violence, wonder, and prejudice only to lead us back to a place where we know who we are and why we have reason to dream.”
—Rachel Urquhart, author of The Visionist

A fierce and complicated man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the isolated island where he was born. Encountering the wider world for the first time, the reluctant hero falls into a destructive love affair, is swept up into a fanatical religious movement, and finds himself a witness to racial hatred unlike anything he’s ever known. The boatmaker is tempted, beaten, and betrayed: his journey marked by chilling episodes of violence and horror while he struggles to summon the strength to make his own way. The Boatmaker is a fable for our times, a passionate love story, and an odyssey of self-discovery.

 

http://www.johnbenditt.com/

 


Ann-Marie MacDonald reading - BookCourt

Monday, April 13, 7:00pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

“Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.”
—Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Frog Music

“A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life.”
—Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests

Mary Rose MacKinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career. She tries valiantly to balance the (mostly) solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents. But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do other people notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? How long will it take Mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did the sharpest pair of scissors in the house wind up in her toddler’s hands? As frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms of a childhood illness that compel her to rethink her own upbringing, her own family history. Over the course of one outwardly ordinary week, Mary Rose’s world threatens to unravel, and the specter of violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her and her children. With humor and unerring emotional accuracy, Adult Onset explores the pleasures and pressures of family bonds, powerful and yet so easily twisted and broken. Ann-Marie MacDonald has crafted a searing, terrifying, yet ultimately uplifting story.

http://annmariemacdonald.com/

 


Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Eve Ensler - Barnes & Noble Tribeca

Wednesday, April 15, 6:00pm

Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

“Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.”
—Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Frog Music

“A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life.”
—Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests

Mary Rose MacKinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career. She tries valiantly to balance the (mostly) solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents. But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do other people notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? How long will it take Mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did the sharpest pair of scissors in the house wind up in her toddler’s hands? As frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms of a childhood illness that compel her to rethink her own upbringing, her own family history. Over the course of one outwardly ordinary week, Mary Rose’s world threatens to unravel, and the specter of violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her and her children. With humor and unerring emotional accuracy, Adult Onset explores the pleasures and pressures of family bonds, powerful and yet so easily twisted and broken. MacDonald has crafted a searing, terrifying, yet ultimately uplifting story.

http://annmariemacdonald.com/