Jonathan Raban and Waxwings


waxwings.gifThe highly acclaimed Jonathan Raban will be at one of my favorite event stops, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, just outside of Seattle.

What: Author event for the paperback release of Waxwings
When: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 7:00 PM
Description: Waxwings is Jonathan Raban’s brilliant skewering of Seattle in the 1990’s as the .com bubble bursts.

So, I went over to Vintage and they do a nice catalog page for their books. I especially liked that he picked his own questions for the author interview. Author Q&A: Jonathan Raban talks to Jonathan Raban

I was just talking to Frank Bures about doing a self portrait, but this is a lot different than what I had in mind. Check it out, reading it is even more fun knowing that he was talking to himself.

Here is his author bio on Random House, and a list of his books.

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Jonathan Raban is the author of Soft City, Arabia, Foreign Land, Old Glory, For Love and Money, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, and Passage to Juneau; he has also edited The Oxford Book of the Sea. Raban has received the National Book Critics Circle Award (for Bad Land), the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle, with his daughter.

Here are some reviews of Waxwings.

“Waxwings teems with juicy, funny characters emblematic of their time and place . . . Raban knows how to bridge the gap between the broad social canvas of satire and the interior life of delicate, rounded characters.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Jonathan Raban calculates the radius of the Internet bubble with the cool eye of an investor who can spot real value [and] captures this exuberant era with striking efficiency. He prods us to consider that we’re living in a period that makes us all somehow foreigners, desperate for residency.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“Raban is a canny writer . . . This is a generous, affirming novel.”
The New York Times Book Review