Bestselling Author John Darnielle Joins G’Ra Asim & Left Bank Books IN PERSON to Discuss New Book Devil House

Left Bank Books Presents New York Times bestselling author and Mountain Goats’ singer/songwriter

John Darnielle: In-Person & Online

Devil House

Tuesday, February 8t at 7 pm Central

In-person at Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117 and livestreaming online. Darnielle will be in conversation with author and musician G’Ra Asim.

Tickets include a signed copy of John Darnielle’s Devil House! Books will be pre-signed. Due to COVID, there will not be a meet & greet after the event. Signed copies of the book will be available following the event on February 9th for pick up or mail out. In-person ticket holders will receive their book at the event. If you are unable to attend the in-person or virtual event, you can still purchase a signed copy of the book that will be available for pick up or mail out following the event.

**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in-person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Your ticket is a will-call ticket and check-in will be by photo ID at the event.

From John Darnielle, the New York Times bestselling author and the singer-songwriter of the Mountain Goats, comes an epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, and the dangers of storytelling.

Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That’s what his mother always told him. Years later, he is a true crime writer, with one grayly success–and a movie adaptation–to his name, along with a series of subsequent less notable efforts. But now he is being offered the chance for the big break: to move into the house where a pair of briefly notorious murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected teens during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. Chandler finds himself in Milpitas, California, a small town whose name rings a bell–his closest childhood friend lived there, once upon a time. He begins his research with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected–back into his own work from him and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.

Devil House is John Darnielle’s most ambitious work yet, a book that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a spellbinding tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.

“Darnielle has an affection for the dark side of pop culture and the way fans of supposedly gloom-and-doom genres like heavy metal and horror are more sophisticated than they get credit for. So this smart, twisty novel about true-crime books and the 1980s “Satanic panic” is a fine fit for him and his best so far…An impressively meta work that delivers the pleasures of true-crime while skewering it.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“This masterwork of suspense is as careful with its sharp takes as it is with the bread crumbs it slowly drops on the way to its stunning end. It operates perfectly on many levels, resulting in a must-read for true crime addicts and experimental fiction fans alike.”– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and widely hailed as one of the best novels of the year. He is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.

G’Ra Asim, a writer and musician, is an assistant professor of nonfiction writing at Ithaca College. He has served as writing director at the African American Policy Forum and as graduate teaching fellow in Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program. His work by him has appeared in Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Baffler, and The New Republic. When not writing prose or teaching, he sings, plays bass and writes lyrics for NYC DIY pop punk band babygotbacktalk, who were named one of AfroPunk’s “Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now.”


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