Matthew Weiner

presents

Heather, the Totality

in conversation with BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON

Tickets on sale now (book included)

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
10
Friday
November 10, 2017
6:00 PM
(Doors at 5:30)

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$26.25 (online only, book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes Emmy Award–winning writer, director, and producer MATTHEW WEINER—creator of Mad Men, one of television's most honored series—for a discussion of his debut novel, Heather, the Totality. He will be joined in conversation by Bret Anthony Johnston, author of the bestselling novel Remember Me Like This.

About Heather, the Totality

A collision course between a privileged family and a dangerous young man, Heather, The Totality is a chilling debut novel by the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner.

Praise

"Heather, The Totality is a tour de force of control, tone and razor-slash insight. In its clear-eyed anatomist's gaze and its remarkable combination of empathy and pitilessness, I hear echoes of Flaubert and Richard Yates, with a deeply twisted twist of Muriel Spark at her darkest. I could not put it down." ―Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

"Heather, The Totality gripped me at once and had me spellbound. It was partly the absolute certainty of the world he was describing, the sense that beyond these brilliantly chosen details there was a wealth of similarly truthful social and psychological perception unstated. And partly the slightly fastidious form, the sound of a voice a hair's breadth away from affectation, but so firmly where it was that there was no question of turning away and not hearing what was going to come next. Then there was the ice-cold mercilessness, of a kind that reminded me (oddly, I suppose, but there it was) of Evelyn Waugh." ―Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

"I cringed and shuddered my way through this short, daring novel to its terrible inevitable end. Each neat, measured paragraph carpaccios its characters to get to the book's heart—one of Boschian self-cannibalizing isolation. A stunning novel. Heather, The Totality blew me away." ―Nick Cave

"Short and rapier-sharp, Matthew Weiner's Heather, The Totality compels and unnerves in equal measure. Like the great Patricia Highsmith, Weiner renders the disturbing not just plausible but exquisitely, agonizingly inevitable. A tour de force." ―Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

Bret Anthony Johnston
Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. He is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.

Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, most recently as writer, creator, executive producer and director of Mad Men, one of television's most honored series. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, along with several comedy series, and made his feature film debut in 2014. Weiner studied at Wesleyan University and earned his MFA from USC. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.

Photo credit: Jeff Vespa

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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Signing Guidelines

This evening's book signing is limited to Matthew Weiner's book, Heather, the Totality—up to three books per person. No memorabilia. 

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