The Worlds of João Gilberto Noll: Adam Morris in discussion with Scott Esposito
City Lights Booksellers | 261 Columbus Avenue | San Francisco
Called “one of the most celebrated writers in contemporary Brazilian literature” by Guernica magazine, author João Gilberto Noll made a splash in the United States last year with the novel Quiet Creature on the Corner, named a “Best Book of 2016” by World Literature Today and praised in Literary Hub, the Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, and The Rumpus.
Now, Two Lines Press is very proud to announce a launch event at longtime Bay Area publishing mecca City Lights Booksellers to celebrate the release of the follow-up to Quiet Creature, Noll’s career-defining novel Atlantic Hotel.
Two Lines Press’s Scott Esposito will be in conversation with author and Portuguese translator Adam Morris, who has brought both Quiet Creature on the Corner and Atlantic Hotel into English.
Compared to David Lynch, César Aira, the Dadists, and the Situationists, Noll creates strange, surprising books that question our basic assumptions about identity, while delivering madcap plots that revolve around modern-day flâneurs. His innovative stories and difficult-to-pin-down sentences have been met enthusiastically by experimental American authors like Matt Bell, Brian Evenson, and Lance Olsen.
Join us at City Lights Booksellers on May 18 for a reading from Atlantic Hotel, along with an intriguing conversation delving into modern-day Brazil, Noll’s influences (including Clarice Lispector), his mysterious protagonists, and the challenges of translating his labyrinthine, twisty sentences into English.