9th Ave: Exclusively Backgammon with Jesse Ball

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store





Long-time Green Apple favorite Jesse Ball joins us for a special celebration of his latest novel, How to Set a Fire and Why.


In addition to a conversation between Jesse and Green Apple's Stephen Sparks, we'll set up board games (and encourage you to bring your favorites) for a night of gaming fun.



Praise for Jesse Ball:


“How to Set a Fire and Why is a rare and startling work. Days after I read it, I find that I can’t stop thinking about it, and what I’ve realized is that this is a book I will not forget. This is a harrowing, subtle, and absolutely electrifying novel.” —Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven
“The beautifully blunt narration of a gifted delinquent propels this excellent sixth novel…. Lucia details a philosophy that smartly parallels the novel’s own–namely, that writing literature is, like arson, an act of creation and destruction…. Thrilling…. A song of teenage heartbreak sung with a movingly particular sadness, a mature meditation on how actually saying something, not just speaking, is what most makes a voice human.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review) 
“Profound… Ball performs the remarkable task of pruning away layers of readerly skepticism in order to find the inherent beauty of small moments.” —Jonathon Sturgeon, Flavorwire, on A Cure for Suicide



About How to Set Fires and Why:


The highly acclaimed author of A Cure for Suicide now gives us a singular, blistering novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anything. 


Lucia's father is dead; her mother is in a mental institute; she's living in a garage-turned-bedroom with her aunt. And now she's been kicked out of school again. Making her way through the world with only a book, a zippo lighter, a pocket full of stolen licorice, a biting wit, and striking intelligence she tries to hide, she spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother and following the only rule that makes any sense to her: "Don't do things you aren't proud of." But when she discovers that her new school has a secret Arson Club, she's willing to do anything to be a part of it, and her life is suddenly lit up. And as her fascination with the Arson Club grows, her story becomes one of misguided friendship and, ultimately, destruction.


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How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870570
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 5th, 2016

A teenage girl. A shattering loss. An obsession with a secret arson club. This is the story of a girl who has nothing and will burn anything.

A Cure for Suicide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101872130
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016


Silence Once Begun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908483
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Published: Pantheon Books - January 28th, 2014

From the celebrated author of "The Curfew" ( A spare masterwork of dystopian fiction " The New York Times Book Review"), Jesse Ball's "Silence Once Begun" is an astonishing novel of unjust conviction, lost love, and a journalist's obsession.

The Way Through Doors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387462
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 10th, 2009

With his debut novel, Samedi the Deafness, Jesse Ball emerged as one of our most extraordinary new writers. Now, Ball returns with this haunting tale of love and storytelling, hope and identity.

Notes on My Dunce Cap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990593546
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Published: Pioneer Works Press - February 23rd, 2016

A text for those curious about education as a context for creativity and collaboration, and for teachers who want to reconsider hierarchy in their classrooms, Jesse Ball's Notes on My Dunce Cap includes advisory material regarding the creation of syllabi and the manner in which groups may evaluate the work of an individual without harm.

The Village on Horseback: Prose and Verse, 2003-2008 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571314420
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 12th, 2011

The Village on Horseback features mesmerizing new work from the author of Samedi the Deafness and The Way Through Doors, one of the New Yorker's Best Books of 2009. This collection of new pieces by experimental writer Jesse Ball is a philosophical recasting of myth and legend.

The Curfew Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307739858
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Published: Vintage Contemporaries - June 14th, 2011

William and Molly lead a life of small pleasures, riddles at the kitchen table, and games of string and orange peels. All around them a city rages with war. When the uprising began, William's wife was taken, leaving him alone with their young daughter. They keep their heads down and try to remain unnoticed as police patrol the streets, enforcing a curfew and arresting citizens.

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