Daniel Alarcón with Daniel Gumbiner at the Epicenter

November 1, 2013 - 7:00 PM

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Every once in a while a young voice emerges with the potential to define a new generation. Daniel Alarcón fits the profile.”—Publishers Weekly

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Daniel Alarcón’s highly anticipated new novel At Night We Walk in Circles, at our Epicenter this November. Alarcón will be in conversation with Daniel Gumbiner from McSweeney’s.

Alarcón’s stories are one of the reasons we go to storytellers.—Edward P. Jones

Set in an unnamed, South American country in the aftermath of war, At Night We Walk in Circles shares the tone and masterful prose of the work of Roberto Bolaño, and is driven by a suspenseful plot that makes it impossible to put down. The story centers around a young actor, Nelson, who becomes a part of a radical guerilla theater troupe he’s long aspired to join. Nelson becomes hopelessly entangled with the group and we learn about Nelson’s rise and downfall through the investigation of our narrator, a man obsessed with uncovering Nelson’s mysterious story. In sharp, vivid and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

Reading Alarcón feels like witnessing the arrival of a John Steinbeck or Gabriel García Márquez.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

About the Speakers

Daniel Alarcón is author of War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, among others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Daniel Gumbiner is associate editor at McSweeney’s.


“A prodigious talent”—The Washington Post

“One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”—Colm Tóibín

“There’s no doubting Alarcón’s seriousness and ambition. He is one to watch.”—The Economist

“Alarcón’s endless invention and sense of colour are already second to none.” —The Guardian

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