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Rodes Fishburne - Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM
More Author Events Coming Up in April

Rhodes FishburneRODES FISHBURNE will read from
Going to See the Elephant
Wednesday, March 25th at 7 PM

"Rodes Fishburne is onto something here. If you've ever been young you'll recognize the wide-eyed innocence he serves up, if you've ever lived in a city you'll recognize the fun house he mirrors, and the madcap ambition, the roll of the brave and shaky dice, the lightning-chord changes that leave everyone gleaming, and the luminous sucker punch of first love and first loss — all that's our own. The closer you get to Going to See the Elephant the more we all see ourselves."
  – Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snickett

A magazine and newspaper writer for over ten years, Fishburne has written a zany, entertaining first novel starring Slater Brown, Writer Extraordinaire, who arrives in San Francisco with little more than the clothes on his back and a large trunk full of books. Slater has come to "see the elephant," to stake his claim to fame and become the greatest writer ever. But financial necessity brings him to a reporting post with the third-rate Morning Trumpet, where he gains access to the city's secrets with the aid of a mystic known as Answer Man. Slater parlays these secrets into sensational stories that save the Trumpet and enrage the corrupt mayor. Slater becomes the journalistic toast of the town, and falls in love with a beautiful chess champion. But it is the astonishing inventor Milo Magnet — a man obsessed with harnessing the weather — who will force Slater to navigate the most dangerous straits.

"Delightfully visual, full of whimsy, adventure, and blithely caustic social commentary, Fishburne's sweet and funny debut novel offers comic-book-like entertainment with an iron core." - Booklist, starred review

Coming in April:

  • MARY ROACH will discuss
    Tuesday, April 28th at 7 PM

  • SHAWNA YANG RYAN will read from
    Water Ghosts
    Thursday, April 30th at 7 PM

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