Megan Volpert Discusses 1976

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Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL says
Join us for the launch party of Megan Volpert's spectacularly weird Bicentennial anniversary odyssey. The event will feature opening remarks from twenty-four year-old Georgia House Representative for the 58th District, Park Cannon. You'll also hear from Dr. Asher Haig, the CEO of artificial intelligence start-up StrongAI, who illustrated every chapter of the book as well as the book's striking front cover. Volpert will read excerpts from throughout the book, which will be available for purchase after an informal Q&A.

The after-party begins at 6pm, at Iberian Pig on Decatur Square. Expect a one-night-only craft cocktail menu straight out of 1976 itself, as well as the restaurant's usual delicious Spanish tapas.

To reserve a table for the after-party, email General Manager Leigh Ann Miller (lamiller@iberianpigatl.com). Include the number of people at your table, and state that you're there for 1976. She will book it herself and confirm with you.

NPR's Andrei Codrescu said, "Megan Volpert's 1976 plucks the deepest chords of America's Bicentennial year. It exposes the guts of our country's political, historical, and cultural machine in a prose that matches the rhythms of horror, joy, and sheer madness in our national psyche. This is as original, inventive, and fresh a book as any historian or novelist of note has written about the U.S. A juggernaut of improbability and inevitability, her vision of America rolls in simultaneously from the past and the future, with a posse of grand ghosts, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford (and his dog Liberty), Howard Hughes, Gore Vidal, and Sid Vicious. The author is yet to be born in 1976, and thus, ideally poised to survey the past-future from her perch in the prenatal immensity from which she will emerge. Her brilliant saga is driven by the music that never stops rocking the North American continent, and, in an essential way, births her. Volpert is heir to Whitman, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Ramones who, unbeknownst to themselves, will appear in 1976--a book that heralds a grand new genre."

Books will be provided by Charis Books and More/Charis Circle.
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