Waterfront Event @ East End Books – “Furnace Creek” by Joe Boone
June 4 (Saturday) – 6pm “Furnace Creek” – Joe Boone
Waterfront & Virtual Event at East End Books Ptown
“A genuine accomplishment”—Michael Cunningham
“A joyously ambitious debut!”—Marianne Wiggins
“I was . . . most of all, seduced”—Viet Nguyen
“Exquisite prose and a storyteller’s elan”—Publishers Weekly
East End Books Ptown Presents: Joe Boone “Furnace Creek” Book Event – Saturday June 4th at 6pm. Help us welcome Joe Boone to East End Books Ptown for a waterfront & virtual book event.
Signed copies will be available for those who attend in person and virtually. We recommend you buy the book in advance. Your book purchases & ticket donations help us continue to hold these exciting book events. Thanks so much!
This is an in-person waterfront & virtual book event. Registration with Eventbrite is required. Register Here:
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81926549539 Meeting ID: 819 2654 9539
*The Zoom link can be used by all who register with eventbrite. Click on the Eventbrite link a few minutes before the event begins. You’ll be in a virtual waiting room. We’ll let you into the event at the start time.
Facebook Link: https://fb.me/e/nx0HqKY7d
This moving novel teases us with the question of what Dickens’ Pip might have been like if he had grown up in the American South of the 1960s and 1970s and faced the explosive social issues that galvanized the world in those decades: racial injustice, a war abroad, women’s and gay rights, class struggle. A guilty encounter with an escaped felon, a summer spent working for an eccentric man with a mysterious past, conflicted erotic feelings for his employer’s niece and nephew–these events set the stage for a journey of sexual and moral discovery that takes Newt Seward to New England, Rome, and Paris–all before returning home to confront his life’s many expectations and surprises. Furnace Creek effortlessly combines elements of coming-of-age story, novel of erotic discovery, Southern Gothic fiction, and detection-mystery plot. Written with a natural storyteller’s gift of imagination, it leaps the frame of Dickens’ masterpiece to capture the emotional intensity of characters whose lives will haunt the reader beyond the page.
Joseph Allen Boone is the author of three works of non- fiction and the libretto for a musical based on Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man, and a short story collection, Conditions of Precarity, is forthcoming from Eyewear in the near future. Among various writing awards, FURNACE CREEK (Black Springs Press, 2021) was the only novel shortlisted for the 2019 international Beverly Prize. Boone is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, Stanford Humanities Center, Rockefeller-Bellagio Center, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Huntington Library. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Boone is an endowed professor of English at the University of Southern California.