February 4th, 2019–Today’s featured event is Jeff Jackson in conversation with Scott McClanahan at Kings on Saturday, February 23rd at 5pm.
Jeff Jackson is a novelist, playwright, visual artist, and songwriter. His second novel Destroy All Monsters was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in Fall 2018. It received advanced praise from Don DeLillo, Janet Fitch, Dana Spiotta, Ben Marcus, and Dennis Cooper. His novella Novi Sad was published as a limited edition art book and selected for “Best of 2016” lists in Vice, Lit Reactor, and Entropy. His first novel Mira Corpora, published in 2013, was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and featured on numerous “Best of the Year” lists, including Slate, Salon, The New Statesman, and Flavorwire. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, New York Tyrant, and The Collagist and been performed in New York and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists.
As a playwright, six of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe company in New York City. Vine of the Dead: 11 Ritual Gestures debuted in 2016 at the Westbeth Arts Center. Dream of the Red Chamber: Performance for a Sleeping Audience, an adaptation of the epic Chinese novel, debuted in Times Square in 2014 to rave reviews. Botanica was selected by the New York Times as “one of 2012’s most galvanizing theater moments.”
He holds an M.F.A. from NYU and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hambidge Center.
Check out Jeff’s conversation with Festival Co-Director Jason Jefferies on the podcast Bookin’: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bm2kt-a477dc
Scott McClanahan is the acclaimed and award-winning West Virginian author of The Sarah Book, Crapalachia, The Incantations of Daniel Johnston, Hill William, and The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan: Volume 1 and more. TheWashington Post has called McClanahan’s work “the genuine article” and The Millions has called him “The Poet Laureate of Real America.” NPR called The Sarah Book “brave, triumphant and beautiful — it reads like a fever dream, and it feels like a miracle.”
Check out Scott’s conversation with festival Co-Director Jason Jefferies on the podcast Bookin’: https://bookin.podbean.com/e/013-bookin-w-scott-mcclanahan/.