Mark Z. Danielewski pushed the boundaries of bestselling fiction with his experimental and phenomenal House of Leaves (2000), and with Only Revolutions, his novel in verse that became a National Book Award Finalist in 2006.
As part of a nationwide book tour, Mark Z. Danielewski will be reading his new novel The Fifty Year Swordin five locations accompanied by celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley, who has composed original music for the production, and whose participation has been made possible thanks to an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. I’m hoping you might be interested in advancing their show with a feature interview with Mr. O’Riley and/or Danielewski regarding this unique collaboration.
In his new novel, The Fifty Year Sword, available Oct. 16, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans in East Texas who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.
O’Riley, an internationally-renowned, award-winning pianist, has received acclaim for his Radiohead, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith piano interpretations, in addition to his performances with philharmonic orchestras around the world.He is also the host of National Public Radio’s From the Top, where he works and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians. His tour dates with The Fifty Year Sword are as follows:
Monday, October 15, at 7p.m.
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Writers at Wright event hosted by Book Table
Monday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s College, Tuohy Auditorium,245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
Hosted by Greenlight Books
Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco
Hosted by the Booksmith
Sunday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle
Also featuring Seattle Radio Theatre; to be aired live on KUOW
Sponsored by the Elliott Bay Book Company
Wednesday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles
Final performances of The Fifty Year Sword, complete with actors (to be announced) and a few surprises
Each one-hour performance with O’Riley will include a full reading of the book. In addition to these events, Danielewski will appear at bookstores around the country for a discussion and book signing in St. Paul, Pasadena, Portland, St. Louis, Boston, Austin, Redondo Beach and Los Angeles.