Join Alexander Chee for an evening in honor of his much-anticipated new novel, THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, a dazzling and immersive story of a Parisian opera star forced to retrace her past. Here at McNally Jackson, we'll be celebrating in style with a reading, a discussion, and-- a firebreather (yes, a firebreather).
"One doesn't so much read Alexander Chee’s THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT as one is bewitched by it. Beneath its epic sweep, gorgeous language, and haunting details is the most elemental, and eternal, of narratives: that of the necessities and perils of self-reinvention, and the sorrow and giddiness of aspiring to a life of artistic transcendence." --Hanya Yanagihara
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels EDINBRUGH and THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.