These Dreams of You (Europa Editions)
We're thrilled to present Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville and editor of the literary journal Black Clock, who will read and sign his new novel These Dreams of You.
"In its gorgeous, vivid prose and its acutely sensitive soul, These Dreams of You shows us just what a novel can still do in our own crazy times." --Boston Globe
"Erickson's seemingly fractured novel turns out to be something else -- the novel as fractal, a series of endless, astounding tessellations." --The New York Times Book Review
"Over his entire career Erickson has challenged readers with a fiercely
intelligent and surprisingly sensual brand of American surrealism." --The Washington Post
Steve Erickson is the author of eight previous novels, including Zeroville, which was named one of the best novels of the year by Newsweek, the Washington Post Book World, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and noted as one of five favorite novels in a winter 2008 National Book Critics Circle poll. He also has written two books about American politics and popular culture, Leap Year and American Nomad. Erickson has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, Bookforum, Frieze, Conjunctions, Salon, the L.A. Weekly, the New York Times Magazine and other publications and journals, and his work has been widely anthologized. Currently he is the film critic for the Los Angeles Magazine and the editor of the literary journal Black Clock, which is published by the California Institute of the Arts where he teaches in the MFA Writing Program. Erickson has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts grant and a fellowship from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 2010 he was been nominated for a National Magazine Award for criticism and received one of seven awards in literature given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
"One November night in a canyon
outside L.A., Zan Nordhoc-a failed novelist turned pirate radio DJ-sits
before the television with his small, adopted black daughter, watching
the election of his country's first black president. In the nova of this
historic moment, with an economic recession threatening their home,
Zan, his wife and their son set out to solve the enigma of the little
girl's life. When they find themselves scattered and strewn across two
continents, a mysterious stranger with a secret appears, who sends the
story spiraling forty years into the past."