John Wesley Harding & David Gates at The Raconteur Sunday night

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This Sunday at 8PM the Raconteur presents folk noir gangster John Wesley Harding and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates.  The event is FREE; books and CDs will be on sale.


Rolling Stone Magazine hailed John Wesley Harding as, "a literate and ironic neo-folkie with enough bile to win over a younger, hipper audience not attuned to folk music."  CREEM said "His eloquence can be gut-wrenching," and The Los Angeles Times dubbed him "one of the great rock artists of the 90s."  His best known work includes "I'm Wrong About Everything", which was featured on the High Fidelity soundtrack ... After placing his music career on hold while working as an author (under his real name, Wesley Stace, he wrote the international best seller Misfortune and 2007's by George, multigenerational story about a performing British family and their ventriloquist's dummy), JWH released Who was Changed and Who was Dead this March, his first rock album in five years.

The author of the highly acclaimed novels Jernigan (a Pulitzer Prize Finalist) and Preston Falls (a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist), and a collection of short stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World (also a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist), David Gates was anointed a "true heir to Raymond Carver and John Cheever," by New York Magazine. His work, stylish and ferociously humorous, nimbly explores the dark side of suburban masculinity and has been called "brilliant" by both NPR and the Boston Globe, and "beautiful" by the New York Times. 

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