DAN JOSEFSON, author of the novel THAT'S NOT A FEELING, in conversation with TOM BISSELL

Dan JosefsonTom Bissell

That's Not a Feeling (Soho Press) by Josefson
Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation (McSweeney's) by Bissell

Dan Josefson will discuss and sign his highly anticipated debut novel, That's Not a Feeling, with award-winning essayist and short story writer Tom Bissell (Magic Hours).

"Dan Josefson is a writer of astounding promise and That's Not a Feeling is a bold, funny, mordant, and deeply intelligent debut." --David Foster Wallace

"Every one of Bissell's pieces is like some great, transfixing documentary you stumble on while channel-surfing late at night--something you feel, in that moment, a kind of gratitude toward for redeeming your sleeplessness. Considered alongside his fiction, this new collection makes clear that Tom Bissell is one of our most interesting and ambitious writers." --John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead 

Dan Josefson has received a Fulbright research grant and a Schaeffer award from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and lives in Brooklyn. That’s Not A Feeling is his debut novel.

Tom Bissell is the author of Extra Lives, Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, and The Father of All Things. A recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Bay de Noc Community College Alumnus of the Year Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Photo of Bissell by Hendrik Dey.


Event date: 
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
That's Not a Feeling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616951887
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Published: Soho Press - October 2nd, 2012

Benjamin arrives with his parents for a tour of Roaring Orchards, a therapeutic boarding school tucked away in upstate New York. Suddenly, his parents are gone and Benjamin learns that he is there to stay. Sixteen years old, a two-time failed suicide, Benjamin must navigate his way through a new world of morning meds, popped privileges, candor meetings and cartoon brunches--all run by adults who themselves have yet to really come of age.
The only person who comprehends the school's many rules and rituals is Aubrey, the founder and headmaster. Fragile, brilliant, and prone to rage, he is as likely to use his authority to reward students as to punish them. But when Aubrey falls ill, life at the school begins to unravel. Benjamin has no one to rely on but the other students, especially Tidbit, an intriguing but untrustworthy girl with a "self-afflicting personality." More and more, Benjamin thinks about running away from Roaring Orchards--but he feels an equal need to know just what it is he would be leaving behind.

Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation Cover Image
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Published: McSweeney's Books - April 3rd, 2012

Award-winning essayist Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process from the set of "The Big Bang Theory" to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace and more in this study of artistic creation and genius.

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2011

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - October 12th, 2004

God Lives in St. Petersburg: Short Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2008