“Overthrow” in California

Friends in California, please come to the bookstore events for Overthrow!

On Wednesday, September 18, at 6pm, at Book Passage, in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, I’ll read a little from the novel and be interviewed by Anna Wiener, author of the memoir Uncanny Valley, coming in 2020 from FSG.

And on Saturday, September 21, at 4pm, at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, I’ll read a little and be interviewed by Elaine Blair, longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Both events are free, and at both I’ll sign (and stamp) books!

Other news about Overthrow: In the 15 September 2019 issue of the New York Times Book Review, the editors name Overthrow as one of “10 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Bill Goldstein recommended Overthrow on New York’s NBC television station on 8 September 2019.

And Columbia magazine has put the novel on its fall 2019 reading list.

Bookforum; WGN Radio

There’s a lovely review of Overthrow in the September issue of Bookforum, which places the novel in the literary tradition and sees in it allegories of queer reading.

Over the weekend, I spoke with Amy Guth of Chicago’s WGN Radio about my recent article in the New Yorker on the history of unions and also, a little, about Overthrow (the segment with me starts at about 6:14).

If you’re in New York, please come to the reading at the Strand on Thursday, September 5, at 7:30pm! Admission is with purchase of the novel or of a $15 gift card.

Reviews in New Yorker & NPR; Q&A at Powell’s

I’m happy about two new reviews of Overthrow. On the New Yorker website, Garth Greenwell focuses on the novel’s style, which he sees as the book’s most crucial protagonist.

And at NPR, Annalisa Quinn focuses on the novel’s metaphoric treatments of technological surveillance.

Meanwhile, the website of Powell’s bookstore in Portland has published a self Q&A that I wrote for them, including the disclosure that I collect whaling stereoviews and a drawing that I made of my writing desk.

Kirkus interview and last day on Chicago Review’s Instagram

My novel Overthrow goes on sale today. Call or click over to your local independent bookstore and buy it!

There’s a new interview of me by James McDonald Feder in Kirkus, mostly about the perils and rewards of writing a novel that touches on contemporary issues. And today is also the last day that I’m in “residency” at the Instagram account of the Chicago Review of Books.

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Hi, this is Caleb Crain, author of "Overthrow," which comes out today from @VikingBooks, on the 6th and final day of my Instagram "residency" here at @ChicagoRevBooks. At one point in "Overthrow," a character designs a logo for the impossibly utopian group that she belongs to, and it features a flying dove and a leaping dolphin. A couple of weeks ago, on a lark, I decided to make a stamp of the logo—or rather, three stamps, in blue, green, and black ink. Here they are, individually and (when you swipe to the next photo) together. Thanks for the opportunity to present these and my earlier photos! Since I started posting them, the novel has gotten some very generous reviews. The New York Times: "A 19th-century social novel for the 21st-century surveillance state." The Boston Globe: "Legitimately great psychological fiction." The Washington Post: "'Overthrow' accomplishes its mission." I hope you'll visit your local independent bookstore and pick up a copy! –Caleb

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