Kimball Launch Party

May 14, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tyrant Books celebrates the American publication of Michael Kimball’s internationally acclaimed novel, “Us” with readings by Michael Kimball and Sam Lipsyte.

Sam Lipsyte calls Michael Kimball “a hero of contemporary literature,” and the rave reviews that “Us” has received from the UK, Spain, Mexico, Chile, China and elsewhere hint at the reception “Us” is likely to find in the States.

Open bar, the public is invited to join.

“It’s amidst the surgical whiteness of a hospital ward that godless loneliness hits hardest. It’s against death in such a place that Michael Kimball’s sinewy second novel, [Us], kicks.” —The Guardian


“A deep love between an ageing husband and wife is given a heartbreaking voice in Michael Kimball’s second novel, Us…Told through the eyes of the husband, the story is tender and poignant. His despair moves us because it is neither fantastic nor indulgent.” —Time Out London

“Be warned: [Us] has the power to make even the most hard-hearted of readers shed a tear…Kimball has broken into new territory: Us is one of the most graphic depictions of illness and loss I have ever read.” —Glasgow Herald

Michael Kimball is the author of four books, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls “a curatorial masterpiece”) and, most recently, Us (which the Observer calls “powerful and moving … breathless”). His work has been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Prairie Schooner, and New York Tyrant. His books have been translated into a dozen languages—including Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean, and Greek. He is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), a couple of documentaries, the 510 Readings, and the conceptual pseudonym Andy Devine.

Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of The Ask, which was a New York Times Bestseller and a Times Editors’ Choice, and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He lives in New York, as well as The Subject Steve and the story collection Venus Drive.