Paperback Writer

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.