Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 PM
Joint Book Launch: East Coast, West Coast
Ann Beattie presents The Accomplished Guest
Don Lee presents Lonesome Lies Before Us
Wine reception to follow
Two acclaimed, award-winning authors come together to present their latest works of fiction, set at opposite ends of the American continent. Ann Beattie, modern master of the short story, presents The Accomplished Guest. Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, Ann Beattie’s astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging. The stories in The Accomplished Guest are marked by an undercurrent of loss and an unexpected element of violence, with Beattie’s signature mordant humor woven throughout. Don Lee, winner of the American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, and many other honors, presents his newest novel Lonesome Lies Before Us, the story of an alt-country singer floundering in California. Drawn to the music of indie singer-songwriters like Will Johnson—who helped shape the lyrics in this book—Lee’s book resounds as a contemporary ballad of heartbreak, failure, and unquenchable longing. Beattie and Lee read from their latest titles and discuss their work together, followed by a Q&A and wine reception.