Book Release of Self-Portrait With Boy: With Rachel Lyon, Daryl Gregory, and Chris Drangle
Saturday, February 21, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Rachel Lyon and guests celebrate the release of her debut novel Self-Portrait With Boy. Featuring readings from award-winning novelists Daryl Gregory and Chris Drangle.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. Set in early 90s Brooklyn on the brink of gentrification, Self-Portrait with Boy is a provocative commentary about the emotional dues that must be paid on the road to success, a powerful exploration of the complex terrain of female friendship, and a brilliant debut from novelist Rachel Lyon.
“Rachel Lyon has written a haunting tale of how a singular, devastating event in the life of a young woman photographer changes the trajectory of her life and comes to define her utterly. Beautifully imagined and flawlessly executed, Self-Portrait With Boy will suggest, to some readers, the obsessive interiority of the great Diane Arbus, conjoined with an original and disturbing examination of the ill-defined borders between life and art."
—Joyce Carol Oates
Rachel Lyon is the author of SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY (Scribner 2018). Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, McSweeney's, and other publications. She teaches for Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, Slice, and elsewhere, and is a cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit. She writes (mostly) weekly writing/thinking prompts at tinyletter.com/rachellyon. Visit her at www.rachellyon.work.
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (out now from Knopf and rivverrun), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We Are All Completely Fine. His stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.
Chris Drangle grew up in Arkansas and went to school in New Orleans. Before earning an MFA in fiction at Cornell University, he worked as a car washer, a radio DJ, a legal assistant, a copywriter, and the guy who drives the caged golf cart at driving ranges. His fiction has appeared in the Oxford American, Granta, One Story, and has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize, the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship at Bread Loaf, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. He is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He splits his time between Oakland, California and Athens, Georgia.