Representatives of U.S. hip lit invade The Drake Hotel Underground Sunday night as newly minted McSweeney’s author Salvador Plascencia presents his first novel The People of Paper alongside fellow McSweeney’s alum Paul La Farge. Plascencia’s lyrical fantasia is already being compared to the work of beautiful dreamers Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Paul Lafarge’s latest work, The Facts of Winter, purports to continue and not continue the work of Paul Poissel, “one of the least known of the little known French tiny metaphysicians.” His virtual anonymity may be due to the fact that he doesn’t exist (gotcha, gentle reader!) but is instead, as one patient reviewer offered, “a seamlessly executed Borgesian whim courtesy of the American novelist.” Oh boy. Let’s hope they’re cute.
Although presented by Word Substance Spatula, don’t bother to check WSS’s Web site for details — it’s embarrassingly out of date, inviting amateur time travelers to attend an event in February of 2005! See you there Paul Poissel!
The very literary evening also celebrates the release of the 75th volume of Canadian literary journal Brick.