City Lit Books invites today’s top literary talents to share their insights in an informal interview format for our audience of booklovers. “Through conversations between authors, we want to enrich the experience of traditional author readings. These discussions raise questions about the writing process and sources of inspiration that those of us who aren’t writers might not think about,” said City Lit Books owner Teresa Kirschbraun.
We welcome Chris Abani, the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of GraceLand and The Virgin of Flames. Abani will discuss his latest novel,
The Secret History of Las Vegas. At the core of this propulsive literary thriller are Fire and Water, the deformed conjoined twins who are members of a sideshow called the Carnival of Lost Souls, and Salazar, the brutish detective trying to solve a gruesome spate of murders.
Abani will be in conversation with Bryan Gruley, the critically acclaimed author of Starvation Lake: A Mystery, and the sequels, The Hanging Tree and The Skeleton Box. Gruley is a reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, writing long-form features for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.
“Chris Abani might be the most courageous writer working right now…If you want to get at the molten heart of contemporary fiction, Abani is the starting point.”