The Raconteur Presents
8 PM, Sat. March 12
WESLEY STACE (John
Wesley Harding) & JONATHAN COE
JESSOLD, CONSIDERED AS A MURDERER & THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM
Rolling Stone Magazine hailed John Wesley Harding, the first opening
act for Bruce Springsteen in 20 years, 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. Under his
real name, Wesley Stace, he
wrote the international best seller Misfortune
and 2007's by George, a
multigenerational story about a performing British family and their
ventriloquist's dummy. His latest book is Charles Jessold, a twisty tale of music and murder unfolding with
Nabokovian precision during Britain's early twentieth-century folk revival.
And, yes, Stace/Harding will have his guitar.
A humane satire and modern-day
picaresque, The Terrible Privacy of
Maxwell Sim by fellow Brit Jonathan
Coe is a gently comic novel about the paradoxical difficulties of making
genuine attachments in a world of communication technology and rampant social
networking. A product of the social media boom, the eponymous Sim is, according
to Coe, "the sort of person with hundreds of Facebook friends but no one
to talk to when his marriage breaks up." Coe has written biographies of both Bogart and Jimmy Stewart and
his novels include The Rotters' Club,
Dwarves of Death and What a Carve Up! The Rotters' Club was adapted for television
and broadcast on BBC Two, Dwarves of
Death was filmed as Five
Seconds to Spare, and Jeremy Dyson, founder/creator of British cult
comic quartet The League of Gentlemen,
is adapting What a Carve Up!
for Channel 4. FREE! Comp wine.
Books on sale at event.