Author Mark Z. Danielewski will present a theatrical reading of his novella, The Fifty Year Sword on Monday, October 15 at 7pm at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, in Oak Park. He will be accompanied by pianist Chris O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From the Top.” Admission is $10 for this event hosted by Writers at Wright. Tickets are available at The Book Table (1045 Lake Street, 708-386-9800) or online. Tickets may be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of The Fifty Year Sword at the event. 10% of all book sales at this event will be donated to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. Danielewski will be available for signing books following his performance.
Mark Z. Danielewski, best-selling author of House of Leaves and Only Revolutions, has crafted a powerfully chilling novella – a ghost story for grown-up readers. The Guardian describes The Fifty Year Sword as “a genuinely scary chiller, a satire on the business of criticism and a meditation on the way we read.”
The Fifty Year Sword was first published in 2005 by De Bezige Bij, a small Dutch publisher. Danielewski has performed it on Halloween for two years running at Los Angeles’ REDCAT. This fall The Fifty Year Sword is being published for the first time in the United States with a first printing of 75,000.
About Mark Z. Danielewski
Mark Z. Danielewski was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. He pushed the boundaries of bestselling fiction with his experimental and phenomenal House of Leaves published in 1999; with over half a million sold. He also gained fame with his novel in verse about two young lovers on a road trip that was a National Book Finalist in 2006, Only Revolutions. Danielewski is working on a 27-volume novel called The Familiar.
About Writers at Wright
Writers at Wright is a partnership between The Book Table, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, and Midwest Media dedicated to bringing the finest authors to speak at Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, Unity Temple in Oak Park.