William Giraldi

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Busy Monsters


September 8, 2011
7:00 PM


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


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to host a book launch party for Busy Monsters, the first novel by local writer and writing instructor WILLIAM GIRALDI. Local favorite STEVE ALMOND will be on hand to introduce the author, and the evening will include a reading from the novel as well as wine and light refreshments.

Memoirist of mediocre fame, Charles Homar has a problem: his bride-to-be, Gillian Lee, has nixed their nuptials and fled to the high seas in search of a legendary giant squid, unleashing an unholy heart wreck upon him. In a hell-bent effort to prove his mettle as an American male and win back Gillian's affections, Charlie crisscrosses the nation seeking counsel, confronting creatures both mythic and realBigfoot on the Canadian border, space aliens in Seattle, a professional bodybuilder with Asiatic sex slaves in suburban New Jersey, the demons dancing a rumba inside his own heartand then writing about his travails every week for a popular magazine. William Giraldi's debut novel explores American excess, the diaphanous line between fiction and fact, and what desperate men and women will do to one another.

"In his riotous debut novel . . . Giraldi tells the story of Charles Homar, a jilted fiancé who embarks on a hilariously ill-advised odyssey to win back his beloved. . . . Charles's journeyfilled with offbeat characters, seen through a perfectly skewed worldview, and related in an idiosyncratic voicemight remind readers of the one taken by the equally wrong-headed Ray Midge in Charles Portis's comic masterpiece, The Dog of the South."
Publishers Weekly (starred)

"William Giraldi's Busy Monsters is rammed with life. It has more than promise. A kind of elegiac intensity, remarkable for so young a man, pervades its harmonies." Harold Bloom

Steve Almond
Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times best sellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.

William Giraldi
William Giraldi

William Giraldi

William Giraldi is the author of the critically hailed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and the memoir, The Hero's Body. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.

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