9th Ave: Karen Shepard and Jim Shepard

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

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




Karen Shepard and Jim Shepard discuss their new books from Tin House, The Tunnel at the End of the Light and Kiss Me Someone.


About Kiss Me Someone


Bold and unapologetic, Karen Shepard’s Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with mixed-race identity and instabilities in social class, and they use their liminal positions to leverage power. They employ rage and tenderness and logic and sex, but for all of their rationality they're drawn to self-destructive behavior. Shepard’s stories explore what we do to lessen our burdens of sadness and isolation; her characters, fiercely true to themselves, are caught between their desire to move beyond their isolation and a fear that it’s exactly where they belong.


About The Tunnel at the End of the Light


Given that most Americans proudly consider themselves non-political, where do our notions of collective responsibility come from? Which self-deceptions, when considering ourselves as actors on the world stage, do we cling to most tenaciously? Why do we so stubbornly believe, for example, that our country always means well when intervening abroad? The Tunnel at the End of the Light argues that some of our most persistent and destructive assumptions, in that regard, might come from the movies. In these ten essays Jim Shepard weaves close readings of film with cultural criticism to explore the ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act. Whether assessing the "high-spirited glee of American ruthlessness" captured in GoodFellas, or finding in Lawrence of Arabia a "portrait of the lunatic serenity of our leaders' conviction in the face of all evidence and their own lack of knowledge," he explores how we enter into conversations with specific genres and films--Chinatown, The Third Man, and Badlands among others--in order to construct and refine our most cherished illusions about ourselves.




The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies and Politics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040720
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Published: Tin House Books - September 12th, 2017

"Shepard may be the best lesser-known film critic." —The New York Times Book Review

The first book of nonfiction from one of our great fiction writers.

Kiss Me Someone: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040751
Published: Tin House Books - September 12th, 2017

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A Best Book of Fall at The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, BUST, and more

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