Monday, April 4th, 2011

Delurk: Upcoming Events, etc.

A nanopost: yesterday, through incredible strength of will, I managed to update the Events part of the site, with a list of readings and such that I scheduled back in the rosy past when I thought I’d be done with The Magician King by now.

I updated my events page because I have a heavy cold, and didn’t have enough midichlorians left over yesterday to work on the book. I’m back on it now. Paolo Bacigalupi once told me that time spent writing a novel is always stolen from someone else. That feels very true right now. I’m stealing from everybody around me. I’m pushing people down on the street, who I don’t even know, and stealing their time in broad daylight.

It’s going well though. There’s a point in the development of a book when all the events are in place, and the timeline is solid, and it’s basically an OK book. Then it just starts to expand, the way the universe does, in all directions at once. The structure remains the same, but all the psychologies within it suddenly gel — the characters start feeling things on multiple levels. Then they react to all the new levels in the people around them. Then they react to their own new levels, thereby generating still more levels. It’s just a dynamically ramifying levelfest.

And what ends up happening is that suddenly the aforementioned events, which were heretofore of mild interest, start to resonate with serious meaning. They start to sing. And with any luck the reader ends up with a new level or two when it’s all over.

Anyhoo: events. I’ll be reading on Tuesday night in Soho as part of the great New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. Please come! I’ll do a passage from The Magician King.

The following week I’ll be taking part in a launch of event for David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. (I had a lengthy think about The Pale King in Time last week.) On April 19th I’ll be doing a benefit for Slice magazine, a literary jeopardy thing also involving Paris Review editor Lorin Stein. (Last year at this event I almost made up for all the hundreds of spelling bees and other public competitions I have sucked out in in my life by getting the Final Jeopardy answer right. It was “Titus Andronicus.”)

And so on. In May I’ll do my first-ever public event with my brother (who has two new books in the works), a family-themed event that will also include father-daughter pair Peter and Emma Straub. I’ll also have a public conversation with China Mieville, in which it will be definitively demonstrated that he is exactly 1,000 times smarter than me.

13 comments on “Delurk: Upcoming Events, etc.

  1. Jaimie says:

    Writing the novel = rewriting ad nauseam.

  2. Let's leave it at "name" says:

    I refrain from saying my name because I’m afraid you may think I’m stalking you (which I’m not, I swear!) but I have to tell you that I cannot describe what I feel when I read things you’ve written… is like a click inside, like… I don’t know how to describe it… it’s like you always write exactly what I want and need to read, in the exact way I like it… and the way you say things and use words: “Then it just starts to expand, the way the universe does, in all directions at once” it’s just a phrase, but in that you let seep out a lot of who you are, and what I enjoy the most is that you are so clever, so insightful and at the same time so funny and humble… thanks for being a writer and letting the world (which I am a part of) enjoy your work…



  3. M says:

    dear name: a lot of people are stalking him, feel free to step into the light, it’s not really a shameful thing 😀

    that being said i’m so excited for the new novel, i will definitely be bringing it with me on my trip to china again possibly…
    hopefully it’ll hit shelves and in my hand before then.

    busy busy busy
    good is busy

  4. Jacob says:

    I make no secret of the fact that I’m stalking him. The Magicians was a masterful piece of literature, after all. The only book where I hated the protagonist to the core, and somehow couldn’t put the book down.

    I’m eagerly awaiting the release of The Magician King. Hope I’ll be able to get a signed copy.

  5. Leigh Ann says:

    I’m not *stalking* him; I’m just focused. *nod* That’s all it is.

  6. YI LUO(chinese) says:

    I am a chinese ,I read your article ,actually my English is not very good,but I really like this passage,especially some sentence”Franzen sketches all this with an almost casual vividness.”
    I change the “almost” to “virtually” and the “Franzen” to “I”
    ^_^.Hope some day I can hear from you soon.I will always read your blog.and china will always welcome you.

  7. Gina Nelson says:

    Hello Mr Grossman,

    Dr. Gina here. I’m the person who warned you in 2008 about the odd hours at the Boolean library. Anyhow, sorry to hear you are sick. Don’t be afraid to take some over the counter meds or actually call your doctor. Precious work is at stake. If you ask me, primary care docs are far too stingy with their antibiotics.

    I like other fanboys ( or girls) posting above extend my thanks for your wit. I often laugh out loud when reading your posts even after a very trying day at the hospital.

    I thought of you when I read this article. I thought you would like it:


    Yours truly,
    Gina Nelson

  8. Manche essen auch ihre Scheibe Brot am Abend mit Messer und Gabel, eher die Frauen als die Männer.

  9. Im Vergleich zu diesen meist stark schmeckenden Flüssigkeiten erscheint Wasser natürlich fad, da man den feinen Geschmack nicht mehr wahrnehmen kann.

  10. Bewusst essen und genießen ist der Schlüssel zu einer gesunden Ernährung im Alltag.

  11. Allerdings sollten Sie sich bewusst sein: Die Fettabsaugung ist nicht das Heilmittel für alles.

  12. Einreisebestimmungen: Mit dem Reisepass oder Personalausweis
    kann der Urlauber bis zu 90 Tage in Kroatien bleiben.

  13. Mellissa says:

    Die vegane Ernährung ist dabei die Ernährung, die als mit am gesündesten gilt, auch wenn man hier die meisten Abstriche machen muss.

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