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Jim Krusoe in conversation with Natalie Baszile - Green Apple Books

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm

Green Apple Books
506 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

The Sleep Garden is Jim Krusoe’s looniest and most satisfying book.  Inane and trivial questions are given close consideration, while questions of life and death (and the differences between life and death) are intimated and then suspended. Only a special kind of genius (or an idiot savant, as the book suggests) could dream this stuff up.  I  have no idea how be does it, but do it he does, and no one else can blur stupidity and significance with such sublime, funny and human results.” —Michael Silverblatt, KCRW Bookworm

“From one of our great deadpan absurdists—a new member of the club to which George Saunders, Robert Coover, and Stanley Elkin belong—comes a book of unearthly delights that will have you, too, wondering nervously what that incessant grinding sound is.” —STARRED Review, Kirkus

In an underground apartment building called The Burrow—essentially purgatory—“twilight souls” inhabit the space between life and death.  Through their stories, and the ways in which their lives, past and present, intertwine, Jim Krusoe creates a poignant tale about what constitutes a life, what remains when we die, and what we possibly carry with us into the next world.


Kimball Taylor reading - Warwick's

Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm

Warwick’s
7812 Girard Avenue
La JollaCA 92037

“What an improbable, richly peopled saga! Kimball Taylor follows his hunch so deep into the world of polleros and the borderlands where they do their human smuggling that you’ll forget you’re reading non-fiction. El Indio, his clients, the authorities, and the harsh country they all do battle with—not to mention all the merry, ubiquitous bicycles rolling through the story—this completely original concoction reads like Latin American magical realism, except it’s reported-out and grounded in fact. Wonderful stuff.”
—William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

This is the story of 7,000 bikes that made an incredible journey and one young man from Oaxaca who arrived at the border with nothing, built a small empire, and then vanished. Kimball Taylor follows the trail of the border bikes through some of society’s most powerful institutions, and, with the help of an unlikely source, he reconstructs the rise of one of Tijuana’s most innovative coyotes. Touching on immigration and globalization, as well as the history of the US/Mexico border, The Coyote’s Bicycle is at once an immersive investigation of an outrageous occurrence and a true-crime, rags-to-riches story.