It started in January with "No Country for Old Men". It is continuing for the rest of the year or until enough people quit reading the books. Whichever comes first. Here's some information on our next two Literary Libations events. (It's a book club-- in a bar.) We'd love to see you there if interested.
February 13th - Falling Man by Don Delillo
New York native Don DeLillo confronts his city's most horrendous tragedy. Those expecting the interwoven subterfuge and bravado sentence making of Underworld or White Noise might be disappointed. This is a stark, intensely personal story that provokes some equally impassionedâ€”and sharply dividedâ€”responses. From the reviews, it is clear that the novel is either the best 9/11 book yet written, or a complete failure. Those championing the latter view claim that other firsthand accounts of the tragedy far overmatch the novel. But the book's supporters find that DeLillo's restrained prose and close focus are the perfect lenses through which to view the tragedy. Six years later, it's still hard to discern whether critics' responses have more to do with the event than the book at hand.
March 12th - Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Set in the dramatic landscape of Western Australia, Dirt Music tells the story of Luther Fox, a broken man who makes his living as an illegal fisherman -- a shamateur. Before everyone in his family was killed in a freak rollover, Fox grew melons and counted stars and loved playing his guitar. Now, his life has become a "project of forgetting." Not until he meets Georgie Jutland, the wife of White Point's most prosperous fisherman, does Fox begin to dream again and hear the dirt music -- "anything you can play on a verandah or porch," he tells Georgie, "without electricity." Like the beat of a barren heart, nature is never silent. Ambitious and perfectly calibrated, Dirt Music resonates with suspense, emotion, and timeless truths.
We will be congregating at the Other Side at 8:00pm. Beers and wine $2.50 a glass.
I like books. Books are good.