Teddy Wayne

discusses

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine:
A Novel

in conversation with CHRIS MONKS

Date

Feb
22
Friday
February 22, 2013
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
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Tickets

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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome the award-winning author of Kapitoil TEDDY WAYNE and editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency CHRIS MONKS for a reading of Wayne's new novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum pop, knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. The talented singer’s image, voice, and even hairdo have been relentlessly packaged—by his L.A. label and his hard-partying manager-mother, Jane—into bite-size pabulum. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, Jonny is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on Jane, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.

Poignant, brilliant, and viciously funny, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators, this literary masterpiece explores with devastating insight and empathy the underbelly of success in 21st-century America. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a tour de force by a standout voice of his generation.

Chris Monks
Chris Monks

Chris Monks

Chris Monks is the author of the book The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life and the editor of the literary humor site McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and two sons.

Teddy Wayne
Teddy Wayne

Teddy Wayne

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novel Kapitoil, for which he was the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize runner-up, and a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and New York Foundation for the Arts finalist. The recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work regularly appears in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. He lives in New York.

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