Friday, February 18, 2011

Andrew Foster Altschul

We recently hosted Andrew Foster Altschul, author of the new novel, Deus ex Machina. Mr. Altschul was featured on the PBS News Hour last week, discussing the "state of publishing" with Joshua Ferris, Hannah Tinti, and Jeffrey Brown. (You should definitely take a look... It's a great discussion between some very smart, very articulate, quite brilliant folks!)

If you missed his visit to Kepler's, read our very own Angela Mann's report on the event, and check out Deus ex Machina the next time you're in the store (or, if you want it RIGHT NOW, here's the link).

Angela Mann:

Tonight we hosted Andrew Foster Altshul, a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, who has taught in the MFA programs at the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and the University of Missouri-St Louis. He's the author of Lady Lazarus and several essays and short fiction that have appeared in many publications and anthologies including Best New American Voices, McSweeney's, Esquire, and the O Henry Prize Stories. He's a former music journalist and rock DJ and is now the Books Editor for The Rumpus and the Director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State.

His novel, Deus ex Machina, is about a fictional reality program where the competition gets out of hand. Very funny; it's written from both the control room and from the contestants' point of view. Andrew told us that he wanted to go behind the scenes of a reality TV show for research purposes but that's virtually impossible, whoever you know, because of confidentiality agreements. But a friend of his was asked to do a pilot reality TV show for, a porn store in the city, so that's where he did his research (really!).

Oh, and that a radio interview asked him whether he thought a reality TV show about writers was a good idea, with a book contract for the lucky winner! 

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