Under the Sun: Chiara Barzini & Christopher Bollen with Frederic Tuten

Things That Happened Before the Earthquake, the debut novel by award-winning screenwriter Chiara Barzini, is a unique immigrant bildungsroman casting 1990’s Los Angeles in a new light, full of cultural clashes, crises, and collisions. Barzini is joined by Christopher Bollen, whose latest novel The Destroyers also features characters transplanted to an unfamiliar place and faced with hidden challenges and dangers. Together with moderator Frederic Tuten (Self-Portraits: Fictions) they will discuss the significance of place in fiction, notions of personal and cultural identity, the power of self-invention and more.

*This event is presented in partnership with Rizzoli Bookstore and will take place at their location at 1133 Broadway.*

Chiara Barzini is an Italian screen and fiction writer. She has lived and studied in the United States where she collaborated with Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, XL Repubblica, Rolling Stone Italy, Flair, and Marie Claire while publishing essays in American magazines such as the Village Voice, Harper’s, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Vice, and Rolling Stone. Her fiction has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Coffin Factory, Noon, The NY Tyrant, Vice, and Dazed & Confused. She is the author of the story collection Sister Stop Breathing (Calamari Press, 2012) and has written a variety screenplays for both television and film. Her most recent film work, Arianna, the coming of age story of an intersex adolescent, won numerous awards at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Italian Golden Globes, 2016. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake is her debut novel.

Christopher Bollen is a writer who lives in New York City. He regularly writes about art, literature, and culture. His first novel, Lightning People (Soft Skull Press), was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient (Harper), was published in May 2015. His third novel The Destroyers (Harper) was published in June 2017. He is currently the Editor at Large at Interview Magazine.

Frederic Tuten is the author of The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits: FIctions, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York City.











When: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Rizzoli Bookstore
31 W. 57th St.
212-759-2424
Price: Free
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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake, the debut novel by award-winning screenwriter Chiara Barzini, is a unique immigrant bildungsroman casting 1990’s Los Angeles in a new light, full of cultural clashes, crises, and collisions. Barzini is joined by Christopher Bollen, whose latest novel The Destroyers also features characters transplanted to an unfamiliar place and faced with hidden challenges and dangers. Together with moderator Frederic Tuten (Self-Portraits: Fictions) they will discuss the significance of place in fiction, notions of personal and cultural identity, the power of self-invention and more.

*This event is presented in partnership with Rizzoli Bookstore and will take place at their location at 1133 Broadway.*

Chiara Barzini is an Italian screen and fiction writer. She has lived and studied in the United States where she collaborated with Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, XL Repubblica, Rolling Stone Italy, Flair, and Marie Claire while publishing essays in American magazines such as the Village Voice, Harper’s, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Vice, and Rolling Stone. Her fiction has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Coffin Factory, Noon, The NY Tyrant, Vice, and Dazed & Confused. She is the author of the story collection Sister Stop Breathing (Calamari Press, 2012) and has written a variety screenplays for both television and film. Her most recent film work, Arianna, the coming of age story of an intersex adolescent, won numerous awards at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Italian Golden Globes, 2016. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake is her debut novel.

Christopher Bollen is a writer who lives in New York City. He regularly writes about art, literature, and culture. His first novel, Lightning People (Soft Skull Press), was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient (Harper), was published in May 2015. His third novel The Destroyers (Harper) was published in June 2017. He is currently the Editor at Large at Interview Magazine.

Frederic Tuten is the author of The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits: FIctions, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York City.