The Vintage paperback of Mr. Peanut—the very stark, cool cover of which looks like a Saw movie poster inscribed with serial killer graffiti—went on sale Tuesday, an exciting bit of business. As the internet fates would have it, I was lucky enough to be invited to post the novel’s playlist today on Largehearted Boy, and I highly recommend having a look at the blog’s amazing catalogue of previous entries. I end the post discussing J.S. Bach’s Crab Canon and its influence on Mr. Peanut’s Mobius-band structure, and if you haven’t seen this short film about it on YouTube, check it out, because it playfully describes what genius looks and sounds like.
Just as exciting: Ladies and Gentlemen, my story collection, hits stores June 28th, with my tour kicking off at Nashville’s Downtown Library July 5th. A full listing of tour dates should be available in my next post. Here’s the starred review from Kirkus.
In the meantime, May will be busy. I’ll be discussing Mr. Peanut as a guest of the Women’s National Book Association, also at the Nashville Downtown Library, on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m., then giving a talk on the novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window on Saturday, May 14th, in East Hampton, NY, as part of Mayhem, which is independent bookstore BookHampton’s 3rd Annual Mystery Weekend.
I caught two very cool posts about the novel on Twitter, one very thoughtful review by Jack Goodstein as well as an article about one of my appearances at The Perth Writers Festival, which the writer must have recorded, because his quotes are verbatim. All the panels I appeared on in Perth were of similar quality and depth. My fingers are crossed for a return invitation Down Under.
Finally, many congratulations to Jennifer Egan for winning the Pulitzer Prize this week for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad.