Mr. Hill will discuss his new book,
Free and open to the public.
A book signing will follow the program, and The Book Stall will have books available for purchase.
For more information, call 847-256-6930.
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The New York Times calls Nathan Hill “a gifted and tenderhearted storyteller” and describes The Nix as an “ambitiously panoramic and humane debut novel.” According to the review, “Hill has so much talent to burn that he can pull off just about any style, imagine himself into any person and convincingly portray any place or time. The Nix is hugely entertaining and unfailingly smart, and the author seems incapable of writing a pedestrian sentence or spinning a boring story.”
Months before its release, The Nix already had received wide acclaim from authors and reviewers alike and was listed on nearly a dozen “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly’s “Booksellers’ Summer Picks,” Huffington Post’s “Summer Books You Won’t Want to Miss,” and The Strand Bookstore’s “16 Books We Can’t Wait to Read this Summer.”
As the novel moves about in time and space from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that shook Chicago and beyond, the author uses humor and tenderness to explore the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.
In this election year, The Nix touches on timely issues. According to the New York Magazine review, “There is an accidental topicality in Hill’s debut, about an estranged mother and son whose fates hinge on two mirror-image political events—the Democratic Convention of 1968 and the Republican Convention of 2004.”
Publishers Weekly noted that “Hill’s first novel offers an ironic view of 21st-century elections, education, pop culture, and marketing, with flashbacks to 1988, 1968, and 1944” and adds that “Hill skillfully blends humor and darkness, imagery and observation. He also excels at describing technology, addiction, cultural milestones, and childhood ordeals.” In various reviews, author Nathan Hill’s work has been compared to that of other writers, including John Irving, Jennifer Egan, Don DeLillo, and Jonathan Franzen.
In its starred review, Kirkus Reviews described The Nix as a “sparkling, sweeping debut novel that takes in a large swath of recent American history and pop culture and turns them on their sides” and noted that the novel is “grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come.”
Nathan Hill is a native Iowan, grew up all over the Midwest, and now makes his home in Naples, Florida. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has taught creative writing & literature courses. Currently, Mr. Hill is on leave from St. Thomas in order to focus exclusively on writing. Mr. Hill holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Before joining the faculty at St. Thomas, Nathan Hill taught writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to that position, he worked at the Academy of American Poets, editing and designing the website, Poets.org. He also has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist.
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Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford and has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. In addition to The Man Who Loved China, Mr. Winchester is the author of "A Crack in the Edge of the World," "Krakatoa," "The Map That Changed the World," "The Professor and the Madman," "The Fracture Zone," "Outposts," and "Korea," among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
Simon Winchester interview with PM (Australian public broadcasting) (available in print and audio)
Simon Winchester on the Man Who Loved China (video -- scroll down the page)(YouTube.com)
Mr. Suskind and his wife will discuss his new book,
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
A book signing will follow the program, and The Bookstall will have books available for purchase.
For more information, call 847-256-6930.
Known for his critically acclaimed book, A Hope in the Unseen, as well as four New York Times bestsellers about domestic policies and international affairs, Mr. Suskind has written his most personal work yet in Life, Animated, which describes his family’s 20-year journey to connect with their autistic son, Owen, through Disney films and characters.
While Life, Animated tells of one family’s remarkable story, the stunning, poignant, and highly-readable memoir also portrays the universal themes of hope, perseverance, and resilience as well as the never-ending power of storytelling. It is a book about family - and about raising a son.
A seemingly typical and talkative boy, Owen stopped communicating soon before his third birthday. He couldn’t speak for many years, but he memorized dozens of Disney movies and used the films to express himself. As Owen’s parents and older brother struggled to find ways to communicate with him, they discovered they could reach him when they themselves became Disney animated characters, singing and reciting from the films.
Life, Animated was excerpted in the March 7, 2014, issue of The New York Times Magazine in an article titled, “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney,” and the book was published last spring. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the memoir “a wonderful book, whether or not you know a person with autism.” Kirkus Reviews described Mr. Suskind as “a master journalistic storyteller” and termed the book a “deeply felt, movingly written account of raising an autistic son.” The Chicago Tribune called the book an “extraordinary saga” and noted that “those looking for a smart, well-written, deeply moving, up-from-the-depths inspirational tale with a positive ending should love it.”
About One Book, Everybody Reads
"One Book, Everybody Reads" is the library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program, funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. The library selects one book that is the focus of the program, which takes place each spring. In order to facilitate the experience for the community, the library offers numerous copies of the book in various formats for patron use.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2012 "One Book, Everybody Reads" selection is Ann Patchett's newest novel, STATE OF WONDER.
Local residents are encouraged to read the selected title and participate in a series of events that explore the book and its themes. The various programs are designed to create opportunities for shared enjoyment of the selected book as well as enhance an individual's personal reading experience. The culminating event takes place when the author visits Wilmette to discuss his or her book.
The "One Book, Everybody Reads" program began in 2006. Previous selected titles were:
- 2006: Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian
- 2007: A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind
- 2008: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
- 2009: The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester
- 2010: Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
- 2011: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Funding for "One Book, Everybody Reads" is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.