Mark Z. Danielewski At The Grog Shop In Cleveland (Hosted By Mac's Backs Books On Coventry)

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Mark Z. Danielewski, author of House of Leaves, The Fifty Year Sword, The Whalestone Letters, Only Revolutions and The Familiar Volumes 1-2 will be our guest on Friday, June 24th for the release of his new book The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain.

The event will be at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd in Cleveland Heights, just down the street from Mac's Backs.

The Familiar books are part of a multi-volume epic by the author of the brilliantly groundbreaking, intellectually playful and visually creative House of Leaves.

Mac's Backs staffer Peggy Latkovich has read Volumes One & Two of the Familiar and says "Reading Danielewski is like stepping into the mind of a labyrinth-maker. His dizzying, unsettling plots are revealed as much in what is not written as in what is written. His characters are sometimes puzzling, sometimes infuriating, but always relatable . Each book is a work of art, with evocative photographs and inventive typography. He has brought this artistry to a new level with The Familiar, a projected 27-part series, the third volume of which will be released on June 14."

Other readers and critics have praised The Familiar:

Danielewski is the most aggressively avant-garde popular writer working today. . . . "The Familiar: Volume 1 " is as much a narrative story as it is an experiment in visual and typographical forms. . . . It all adds up to something between a graphic novel and a novel-novel. (Cady Drell, Newsweek).

The Familiar is Danielewski s most ambitious narrative undertaking yet, which is saying a lot. . . . More than any other contemporary writer, Danielewski has blown the door wide open on novelistic experimentation.. . . He has shown, emphatically, just how much formal experimentation can truly "enhance" a narrative experience. . . . His books are freewheeling adventures into intricate depths and wide expanses, and they've helped usher in a new era of the novel. (Jonathan Russell Clark, )

Synopsis of Volume 3:
Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Astair fears their stretched finances are already at a breaking point. Not even a visit from an old friend can mitigate Anwar's feeling that he's failing to support those he loves and that even worse things are to come. The twins, Freya and Shasti, sense something too and blame their older sister. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby's survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat.
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