Link. I got an email asking if I would do a Q&A, and thought that the writer, Daniel Maurer, must have seen press listings or maybe even the posters around the neighborhood. Turns out he bought the book at Spoonbill and had already read it. Totally nice guy and he had some interesting questions. A great plug and a fun interview –
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Link. Questlove’s “Suicide Set” at my book launch on World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th is a TIME OUT NEW YORK Critics pick! And I really dig that whoever wrote the blurb is old-school enough to remember that Trash Bar used to be Luxx. That’s some hipster-ness:
“The party is a celebration of the release of novelist Bradley Spinelli’s new book, Killing Williamsburg. Bonus: It’s being held at the club that once served as the epicenter of the really, really dead electroclash scene.”
To coincide with the book’s launch party, I’m giving away copies on Goodreads. Giveaway ends when Questlove spins! PLUS test your knowledge of literary suicides.
The official Killing Williamsburg book launch will be on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, 2013, at Trash Bar in Williamsburg, 7pm. To kick it off, the legendary DJ Questlove (celebrated drummer of the Roots, Jimmy Fallon’s bandleader, memoirist, crate-digger extraordinaire, “arbiter of cool,” [Jamilah Lemieux] all-around nice guy [me]) will spin a “Suicide Set”—songs by or about suicides. Considering how many wonderful artists have chosen to leave the party early, Q is bound to knock us out.
In celebration of the lovely review by Publishers Weekly, and just in time for the reading in San Marcos, Guatemala, I´m pleased to offer Killing Williamsburg as a FREE Kindle download for the next 5 days, Aug. 13-17. For those of you who may be geographically disadvantaged in purchasing books, check out the free Kindle reader app that will let you read my book on darn near anything. Click here for the promotion.
“Spinelli offers sharp and stylish prose when describing the bizarre suicides … Benson’s nihilistic views may resonate with readers in their 20s facing an uncertain economic future.” —Publishers Weekly
“…inside a tiny newsstand at the Metropolitan Avenue subway station in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Some customers squat, flipping through literary magazines and novels with titles like “Killing Williamsburg.”
Spinelli’s Killing Williamsburg is as stingingly honest as a fresh wound. … The author may have been born in North Dakota, but it’s obvious that his soul was pounded and risen and baked in New York City. It’s in his veins, in his balls, and he manages to transmit Brooklyn’s sick charm to readers everywhere, a bit like a quick shot of highly urbanized literary smack.