Behind the Book: Tom Perrotta, Mark Leyner, & Jürgen Fauth

April 12, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tom Perrota’s most recent novel, The Leftovers, was hailed by The Washington Post as “[Perrotta’s] most mature, absorbing novel, one that confirms his development from a funnyman to a daring chronicler of our most profound anxieties and human desires.” The Leftovers was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, GQ, NPR’s Fresh Air, O the Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon.com, and The Book Page.  Known for his trenchant satire of contemporary society, Tom is also the author of The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Joe College, Election, The Wishbones, and Bad Haircut.  Election and Little Children were made into movies of the same title, while a film of The Abstinence Teacher is in development. 

Mark Leyner returns to the novel form with an anarchic masterpiece, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, a tale of ancient gods and modern men that carries his trademark social satire and dense yet nimble prose.  As Sam Lipsyte writes, “The great Mark Leyner has returned.  He’s brought with him a visionary comedy, a nearly epic exegesis of a wonderfully ludicrous (and somehow completely believable) epic, and, most important, a pantheistic belief system we can all finally get behind.  Big ass brilliance on every sun-kissed page.” A postmodernist cult figure, Mark’s fiction includes My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Et Tu, Babe, and The Tetherballs of Bougainville.  His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller, Why Do Men Have Nipples? He also co-wrote the movie War, Inc. with John Cusack. 

Jürgen Fauth debuts with the novel, Kino, praised by Frederick Barthelme as “a fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time.  It is the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with her grandfather, a visionary film director, [and] the powerful bindings of family, the sweet, dark loam of loss, and the high-voltage current of pulp fascism....an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication.” A film critic for About.com, Jürgen is also a translator, editor, photographer, and co-founder of the literary community Fictionaut.  His writing on film has also appeared in Flavorpill, New York Newsday, and The Wiesbadener Kurier.  His short fiction has appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, La Petite Zine, Vestal Review, Chiron Review, and Blue Moon Review, among others.  Jürgen’s photography has been featured in New York: A Photographic Album, Time Magazine, and on a number of sites, including IFC, Publishers Weekly, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.