Thursday, October 22 at 7PM

Debut Novelist
speaking & signing
City on Fire





"Novels like this one come along very rarely - a magnificent and brilliant work encompassing so much and in such depth that the investment of reading all nine hundred pages seems so small for the great reward afterward." - Raul, First Floor Inventory Manager

Fans of fine fiction and new literary talent, join us tonight as we welcome one of the year's most talked about debut novelists with one of the most buzzed about books of the season. Garth Risk Hallberg's work has appeared in a number of magazines and literary journals, including Prairie SchoonerGlimmer Train, and New York Magazine. His first novel, City on Fire, is a 900+ page saga set in 1970s New York. From the downtown punk scene to the glitz of moneyed Manhattan, from Central Park on New Year's Eve to the infamous blackout of 1977, Hallberg weaves a dynamic portrait of the city through a series of interlocking characters. This is an ambitious work, the type of novel you live inside of and are reluctant to let go. We're very excited to welcome Hallberg here to BookPeople and hope you'll be here with us tonight to meet this rising new writer. 


Garth Risk Hallberg was born in Louisiana in 1978, grew up in North Carolina, and attended Washington University in St. Louis and New York University. His stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, Slate, and Best New American Voices 2008. He has also written criticism for The New York Times Book Review, New York, The Los Angeles Times, and The Millions, where he is a longtime contributing editor. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s award for excellence in reviewing; an illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family, was a Believer Book Award nominee. He lives in New York with his wife and sons. This is his first novel.

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Thank you for supporting Garth Risk Hallberg and your local independent bookstore!  
Event date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703-5413
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ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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