MacArthur Park by Andrew Durbin Book Launch!

MacArthur Park by Andrew Durbin
MacArthur Park by Andrew Durbin Book Launch!

Please join us for the NYC launch of MacArthur Park, Andrew Durbin's debut novel on September 19th, 7PM at Petzel Gallery (456 W. 18th Street) in New York. 

Andrew Durbin

Lynne Tillman

Masha Tupitsyn

Readings begin promptly at 7. 

A little preview of MacArthur Park:

After Hurricane Sandy, Nick Fowler, a writer, stranded alone in a Manhattan apartment without power, begins to contemplate disaster. Months later, at an artist residency in upstate New York, Nick finds his subject in disaster itself and the communities shaped by it, where crisis animates both hope and denial, unacknowledged pasts and potential futures. As he travels to Los Angeles and London on assignment, Nick discovers that outsiders—their lives and histories disturbed by sex, loss, and bad weather—are often better understood by what they have hidden from the world than what they have revealed.

"If a reader wants to know what truly innovative contemporary American fiction looks like, Andrew Durbin's MacArthur Park offers an excellent example. Melding the essayistic and the dramatic with an ironic sheen and narrative depth that impress at every turn, Durbin shows what lies behind the public selves presented by social media, skillfully taking the social and cultural temperature of our time. The psychic devastations unleashed by Hurricane Sandy serve as a starting point for a story that carries the reader along its journey deep into the art world and queer life in the US and abroad."--John Keene


Andrew Durbin is a poet, novelist, editor, and critic. He is the author of Mature Themes (2014), MacArthur Park (2017), and the forthcoming Rereading Pettibon. His fiction, criticism, and poetry have appeared in Artforum, BOMB, Boston Review, Frieze, Mousse, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. He co-edits the independent publisher Wonder and lives in New York.

Lynne Tillman (born 1947) is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She is currently Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program.Tillman is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two other nonfiction books.She was a 2006 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently the Fiction Editor at FENCE magazine.

Masha Tupitsyn is a writer, critic, and multi-media artist. She is the author of the books Like Someone in Love: An Addendum to Love Dog (2013), Love Dog (2013), LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film Beauty Talk & Monsters (2007), the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (2009). In 2015, she completed the film Love Sounds, a 24-hour audio-essay and history of love in English-speaking cinema. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She teaches film and gender studies at The New School and Pratt. Her new durational film, DECADES, a study of time through sound, is forthcoming.

The book will be sale at the gallery, but it's also available through UPNE, Small Press Distribution, and soon at your bookstore.

Here's the official facebook event for the launch: