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BEN MARCUS & TOM MCCARTHY
Two of contemporary fiction's most innovative writers will read from and discuss their latest work.
TOM MCCARTHY is a writer and artist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, Remainder, which deals with questions of trauma and repetition, won the 2008 Believer Book Award and is currently being adapted for cinema by FilmFour Films. His second novel, Men in Space, set in a Central Europe rapidly disintegrating after the collapse of communism, was published in 2007. His third, C, which explores the relationship between melancholia, violence and emergent technological media, is published by Knopf in the US and Cape in the UK and was shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize. McCarthy is also author of the 2006 non-fiction book Tintin and the Secret of Literature, an exploration of the themes and patterns of Hergé's comic books, and of numerous essays that have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Harper's and Artforum. In addition, he is founder and General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network of writers, philosophers and artists whose work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Palais de Tokyo Paris, Tate Britain and Moderna Museet Stockholm.
BEN MARCUS is the author The Flame Alphabet, a novel, which will published in the UK in June. His other books are Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. Marcus has published stories, essays, and reviews in numerous publications, including Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, Conjunctions, Grand Street, and Tin House. He is a 2009 recipient of a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and a fiction fellowship from the Howard Foundation of Brown University. Since 2000 he has been on the faculty at Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he is an associate professor.