The full moon must be rising on Sunday September 8 (at least in Ann Arbor at the Kerrytown BookFest) because that’s when a fabulist and a fantasy author meet for a discussion of their new books which are drawing tremendous attention this week.
Fantasy author Ben Percy whose new book “Red Moon” will be reviewed in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review will join fabulist writer Matt Bell whose debut novel was the focus of a two-page spread in the past week’s Publishers Weekly.
Both novels are difficult to catalog or characterize, but both are products of active imaginations which are unnbounded. Percy’s book “Red Moon” is a mixed species love affair played out against the backdrop of a werewolf insurgency set in modern times while Bell’s book “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods” is the mythological look at what fatherhood means, also set in modern times. What both books have in common is they are disturbing to the psyche.
The discussion between Percy and Bell who know each other will be moderated by Jeremiah Chamberlin, University of Michigan writing instructor, and he will have his work cut out for him. Read more about Percy’s new book in the New York Times here and about Bell’s debut novel in Publishers Weekly.
Also read an interview on Mittenlit.com here with Bell who is an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University.