• False Bingo

    by Jac Jemc
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After Hours at the Bookstore with Jac Jemc

reading from

False Bingo

in conversation with NINA MACLAUGHLIN

plus refreshments,
20% off all purchases, and
late-night browsing by flashlight!

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
2
Saturday
November 2, 2019
11:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

This Halloween, Harvard Book Store invites you to spend the graveyard shift at your favorite boo-store—if you dare!—with a very special late night, limited entry, 21+ event. Costumes are encouraged: the best will be rewarded with a $25 gift card, and there'll also be prizes for the runners-up!

We're thrilled (and chilled) to welcome JAC JEMC—the award-winning author of The Grip of It—for a candlelit reading from her new collection of short stories, False Bingo. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed local author NINA MACLAUGHLIN.

Update

We're opening this event up to all with free RSVP tickets! All attendees will get exclusive access to the bookstore after we close at 11pm on Saturday, November 3rd. We'll lock the doors, turn down the lights, and settle down for our reading. Afterwards, we'll open up the darkened store for adult beverages, spooky snacks, browsing by flashlight, and 20% off all purchases until the clock strikes one. And no need to BYOF ("bring your own flashlight"): a small flashlight will be included in each RSVP ticket.

The 20% off promotion does not compound the discount on already discounted items. Gift cards, self-publishing services, and event tickets are not included in the sale.

About False Bingo

In Jac Jemc’s dislocating second story collection, False Bingo, we watch as sinister forces―some supernatural, some of this earth, some real and some not―work their ways into the mundanity of everyday life.

In “Strange Loop,” an outcast attempting to escape an unnamed mistake spends his days taxiderming animals, while in “Delivery,” a family watches as their dementia-addled, basement-dwelling father succumbs to an online shopping addiction. “Don’t Let’s” finds a woman, recently freed from an abusive relationship, living in an isolated vacation home in the South that might be haunted by breath-stealing ghosts.

Fueled by paranoia and visceral suspense, and crafted with masterful restraint, these seventeen stories explore what happens when our fears cross over into the real, if only for a fleeting moment. Identities are stolen, alternate universes are revealed, and innocence is lost as the consequences of minor, seemingly harmless decisions erupt to sabotage a false sense of stability. “This is not a morality tale about the goodness of one character triumphing over the bad of another,” the sadistic narrator of “Pastoral” announces. Rather, False Bingo is a collection of realist fables exploring how conflicting moralities can coexist: the good, the bad, the indecipherable.

Praise for False Bingo

"20 electrifying short stories, some no longer than a few pages, but every one odd and memorable for wildly different reasons. . . A writer compared to Shirley Jackson and Henry James, Jemc continues to solidify her standing as a talented writer of the uncanny, the horrifying, and the hilarious." —Booklist

"[A] wide-ranging, zany collection that somehow combines the otherworldliness of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the menacing irony of Shirley Jackson and the cold feminist fury of Margaret Atwood." —Siobhan Jones, The New York Times Book Review

Jac Jemc
Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc is the author of My Only Wife, a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award; the short-story collection A Different Bed Every Time; and the novel The Grip of It, named a finalist for the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction and a recommended read by NYLON, W, Marie Claire, and Entertainment Weekly. She teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and StoryStudio Chicago, as well as online at Writers & Books and the Loft Literary Center, and she is the web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

Photo credit: Jared Larson

Nina MacLaughlin
Nina MacLaughlin

Nina MacLaughlin

Nina MacLaughlin is the author of the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter. Formerly an editor at The Boston Phoenix, she is a books columnist for The Boston Globe and has written for publications including The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, Bookslut, The Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She was also recognized in Refinery29's list of "21 New Authors You Need to Know." She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Kelly Davidson

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