9th Ave: Daniel Gumbiner and Ross Simonini

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 7:30pm

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



Daniel Gumbiner discusses his debut novel from McSweeney's The Boatbuilder with Ross Simonini.


Praise for The Boatbuilder


“The Boatbuilder is a gorgeous debut about addiction, aspiration, and art on the California coast. It’s radiantly imagined, often moving, always funny, and teeming with life. Daniel Gumbiner isn’t a writer to watch—he’s one to read.” —Anthony Marra 

“Daniel Gumbiner brings coastal California into sparkling focus in this moving story of a young man’s transition into adulthood. Told with wit and heart, The Boatbuilder is a meditation on love, loyalty, and the shared experiences that turn strangers into family.” —Tayari Jones

“This book’s alive. The Boatbuilder is a surprising and soulful first novel and it deserves many, many readers.” —Peter Orner


About The Boatbuilder


At twenty-eight years old, Eli “Berg” Koenigsberg has never encountered a challenge he couldn’t push through – until a concussion leaves him with a lingering headache and a weakness for opiates. Berg moves to a remote Northern California town to seek space and time to recover, but soon finds himself breaking into homes in search of pills. 

Addled by addiction and chronic pain, Berg meets Alejandro, a reclusive master boatbuilder, and begins to see a path forward. Alejandro offers Berg honest labor, but more important a new approach to his suffering, a template for survival amidst intense pain. Nurtured by his friendship with Alejandro and aided by the comradeship of many of Talinas’s colorful residents, Berg begins to return to himself. 

Written in gleaming prose, this is a story about resilience, community, and what it takes to win back your soul. 




The Boatbuilder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944211554
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: McSweeney's - July 10th, 2018

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The Book of Formation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612196688
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Melville House - November 14th, 2017

This debut novel—told in interviews—spans 20 years in the rise and fall of the charismatic leader of a seductive self-help movement.

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