Tom Lutz: Born Slippy (with Tobias Carroll)
Tuesday January 14: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
This event is free to attend. Copies of Born Slippy will be available for purchase at the event. This event will take place in the Photography section on the second floor at Strand's main store, located at 828 Broadway (at 12th Street).
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Frank Baltimore is a bit of a loser, struggling by as a carpenter and handyman in rural New England when he gets his big break, building a mansion in the executive suburbs of Hartford. One of his workers is a charismatic eighteen-year-old kid from Liverpool, Dmitry, in the US in the summer before university. Dmitry is a charming sociopath, who develops a fascination with his autodidactic philosopher boss, perhaps thinking that, if he could figure out what made Frank tick, he could be less of a pig. Dmitry heads to Asia and makes a neo-imperialist fortune, with a trail of corpses in his wake. When Dmitry’s office building in Taipei explodes in an enormous fireball, Frank heads to Asia, falls in love with Dmitry’s wife, and things go from bad to worse.
Combining the best elements of literary thriller, noir and political satire, Born Slippy is a darkly comic and honest meditation on modern life under global capitalism.
Join on in the 2nd floor Art Department for a dicussion with Tom Lutz and Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn about his novel, Born Slippy.
Tom Lutz is the author of several books, including And the Monkey Learned Nothing, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World and Crying. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and named amongst the New York Times’ Notable Books. His Doing Nothing won the American Book Award. He is the founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. This is his first novel.
Tobias Carroll is the author of the short story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the novel Reel (Rare Bird). He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn, and writes Words Without Borders’ Watchlist column. His writing has been published by Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, The Scofield, Bookforum, and more. He has taught writing courses for LitReactor and Catapult. (Photo: Jason Rice)