Jonathan Lethem - "The Collapsing Frontier" (PM Press Outspoken Authors)

Apr 1 2024 - 7:00pm


Join us on Monday, April 1st at 7pm at Pegasus Books Downtown as we welcome bestselling novelist Jonathan Lethem back to Pegasus! We'll be celebrating the launch of The Collapsing Frontier (part of the Outspoken Author Series from PM Press) with a reading and conversation. Lethem, who called Pegasus home as bookseller early in his career, will be joined by Berkeley writer and editor Owen Hill. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the book:

Having stormed mainstream literature from the outskirts, Lethem has won a readership both wide and deep, all of whom appreciate his literary excellence, his mordant but compassionate humor, and the cultish attentiveness of his SF origins. He has earned the right to tread anywhere, and his many admirers are ready to follow.

This collection compiles his intensely personal thoughts on the most interesting and deplorable topics in post-postmodern America. It moves from original new fiction to insights on popular culture, cult and canonical authors, and problematic people.


“David Bowman and the Furry-Girl School of American Fiction” is a personal true adventure, as Lethem tries (with the help of a seeming expert) to elbow his way into literary respectability. “The Collapsing Frontier” and “In Mugwump Four” are fictions mapping ominous new realms. “Calvino’s 'Lightness' and the Feral Child of History” is an intimate encounter with a legendary author. In “My Year of Reading Lemmishly” and “Snowden in the Labyrinth” he explores courage, art, and the search for truth, with wildly different results. 

And Featuring: Our usual Outspoken Interview, in which Lethem reveals the secret subtext of his books, how he spent his MacArthur award money, and how a Toyota he owned was used in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant.

About the author:

Jonathan Lethem is the author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, as well as more recent best-sellers, The Feral Detective and The Arrest. Several of his novels have been made into major movies, and his shorter works can often be found in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and many other venues. One of the MacArthur “Genius” grant winners, Lethem is well-known and widely respected for his vivid literary style, sardonic humor, and deep understanding of American culture.

“Lethem is one of our most perceptive cultural critics, conversant in both the high and low realms, his insights buffeted by his descriptive imagination.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“One of America’s greatest storytellers.”
Washington Post

“Lethem has talent to burn.”
Village Voice Literary Supplement

“Aside from being one of the most inventive writers on the planet, Lethem is also one of the funniest.”
San Francisco Examiner

About the moderator:

Owen Hill is the author of several books of poetry, two books of short prose, and three crime novels. He co-annotated the 2018 edition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (Vintage Crime), and co-edited Berkeley Noir for Akashic Books. A compilation of his crime fiction is forthcoming from PM Press in 2025. 


Event address: 
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
The Collapsing Frontier (Outspoken Authors #30) By Jonathan Lethem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629634883
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PM Press - March 19th, 2024

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