Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 PM
An Evening with Counterpoint Press: Last Days
Jeremy Hawkins presents The Last Days of Video
Casey Walker presents Last Days in Shanghai
Wine reception to follow
Greenlight celebrates the work of venerable independent publisher Counterpoint Press with two authors of novels about the end of an era. Brooklyn author Casey Walker’s debut novel Last Days of Shanghai is simultaneously a murder mystery, a literary thriller and a postmodern bildungsroman about one man’s slow descent into moral compromise and self-loathing. The book has been praised by distinguished authors including Jim Shepard and Charles Baxter, who writes “Casey Walker’s truly brilliant first novel about Americans in China pioneers a kind of hallucinatory realism on the subject that leaves the reader laughing and appalled and scared.” The Last Days of Video is the debut by Jeremy Hawkins, a bookseller turned author based in Chapel Hill, NC; set in a college town in 2007, the novel follows a grumpy indie video store owner who must overcome corporate bicycle gangs, a life-training cult and his own self-destructive tendencies to fight the opening of a Blockbuster in his town. Readings by the two authors will be followed by a celebratory wine reception courtesy of Counterpoint.