Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
After work, relax with a glass of wine, light hors d'oeuvres, and readings from one of the most interesting experimental novels we've ever seen. Sound, TM Wolf's debut novel, was conceived, more or less, at the intersection of Heidegger and hip-hop. Sound is the story of Cincy, who leaves graduate school and his faltering dissertation behind, to live on the Jersey Shore working at a boatyard. There in the bars and along the boardwalk, Cincy pursues a woman with whom he has only fleeting encounters, dogged at every step by police with a mysterious agenda. Wolf, who recently graduated from Yale Law School, also holds a BA in history from Harvard University, an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history from the University of Cambridge, and an MSC in urban development planning from University College London. Not unlike his protagonist, he spent some time trying to “find something,” and came to fiction as another way of thinking and writing. Obsessed with music (mainly hip-hop and soul), Wolf decided that his story was going to take its formal cues from hip-hop compositional approaches. He says, “I wanted the book to have layers; I wanted those layers to be bassed-up, to have a lot activity beneath the vocal surface that would punch through that surface; I wanted to mix harmony and dissonance; I wanted it to have flow; and I wanted it to loop, basically taking earlier parts of itself, remixing them, and spitting them out again. That’s what the producers I admire—RZA, Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla—do and what makes their music so powerful to me. I think you can see those ideas not just in the “multitracking” (the portions of layered dialogue, thought, and sound that are written on the gray-lined sections of the book) or in the lyric samples but also in the mix of multitracking and more standard prose passages, as well as in the way that the plot plays out.”
Start: 7:00 pm
Please join us for an evening reception for New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo at Groton Public Library. Some notes about her latest book: Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion. A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep. Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?