Garth Risk Hallberg will discuss and read from his international bestseller City on Fire (2015) at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 29 in University of Albany’s Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue in Albany.
His debut novel was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue.
City on Fire is set in New York City and spans a seven month period between New Year’s Eve 1976 through the city’s blackouts in July of 1977. The story revolves around a varied web of characters — two estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; two suburban teenagers involved in Manhattan’s punk scene; a magazine reporter; and a detective — whose lives interconnect around a shooting in Central Park.
Earlier that day at 4:15 pm, Hallberg will hold an informal seminar in the Assembly Hall, on UAlbany’s uptown campus. Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.
Hallberg is also the author of a novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family (2007). His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and Best New American Voices 2008. A two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing, his critical essays have appeared in the The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Slate, and The Millions.