Jami Attenberg’s Saint Mazie weaves together fictionalised diaries, writings and interviews to construct a portrait of real-life Mazie Philips, who ran The Venice, a famed movie theatre in the rundown Bowery district of New York City, in the 1920s and 30s. Benjamin Johncock reviewed Saint Mazie for the Guardian, calling it ‘a timely social manifesto for the 21st century’. He will interview Jami about the novel at London’s popular independent bookshop, The Bookseller Crow.
Benjamin Johncock’s debut, The Last Pilot, was published by Myriad in July and has impressed critics and readers on both sides of the Atlantic. With echoes of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff and Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road, it re-ignites the thrill and excitement of the space race through the story of one man’s courage in the face of unthinkable loss. The Spectator described it as ‘a first-rate novel by a major new talent’ and the Washington Post called it ‘nostalgic and heart-rending’.
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