The Bushwick Book Club Welcomes Jonathan Ames to Musical Celebration of His New Book, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
The Bushwick Book Club is thrilled to welcome special guest, Jonathan Ames, to their musical celebration of his new book, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles on 4/28.
Jonathan Ames will read from his new title as well as some of his other works.
The event will feature music inspired by You Were Never Really Here, performed by Brooklyn artists Susan Hwang (BBC Founder, Lusterlit), Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit) and Don Rauf (Life in A Blender), plus local songwriters Justin Remer, Emily Lacy, Jack Benny, Vug Arakas, Rebecca Schiffman,Timothy Dark, Molly White and Elena Deglinnocent, Deenah Vollmer (Pizza Underground), Danydany, Visual Art by Gates Callanan, and film from NYC filmmaker Lisa Barnstone.
Jonathan Ames will be signing books at the show.
You Were Never Really Here (Vintage)
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade.
When he's hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. As Joe's small web of associates are picked off one by one, he realizes that he has no choice but to take the fight to the men who want him dead.
Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.
Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, and Wake Up, Sir!, the graphic novel The Alcoholic (illustrated by Dean Haspiel), and the essay collections What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice as Good. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the creator of two television shows: the HBO series Bored to Death and the STARZ series Blunt Talk.
Founded in Brooklyn in 2009, the Bushwick Book Club meets every month and employs the talents of local songwriters and artists who plumb the depths of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing - a new song (or visual art, dance, film or snack). All songs are then performed at a live show. The Bushwick Book Club now has several branches all over the world, including Portland, LA, Seattle, Malmo, Sweden, Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and Toronto, Canada, with new chapters developing in Ireland and Wales. The Bushwick Book Club Podcast was launched last year.