I Will Be at Skylight Books Tonight

November 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Tonight kicks off the Eyes Full of Empty tour with author Jérémie Guez. I will be appearing with Guez and crime great James Ellroy at Skylight Books.


From France’s hottest young crime writer, comes a hardboiled noir with the pace of a Chandler novel and the French Algerian literary legacy of Camus.

Idir is not your typical Parisian detective. The son of an Algerian immigrant who made good, Idir’s middle class upbringing places him at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to his rich friends from university, while his street smarts make him just intimidating enough to handle the secret problems of Paris’s elite. Put another way, Idir knows precisely how much pressure to exert on behalf of his wealthy clients, while keeping things low profile. That is, until Oscar Crumley, a powerful media mogul, hires Idir to find his missing younger half-brother, Thibaut. Sent on a wild goose chase through highs and lows of the Paris underground, Idir must navigate upper crust treachery and entrenched criminal rings to discover the truth. Echoing the headlong impulsiveness of Chandler’s Marlowe, and deftly translated by Edward Gauvin, Eyes Full of Empty introduces us to an entirely new kind of Parisian mystery.

Jěrěmie Guez was born in Paris in 1988 and has been hailed as the rising star of contemporary French noir. His two previous novels, Balanceě dans les cordes and Paris la unit, were awarded the 2013 SNCF du Polar and 2012 Plume Libre prizes, respectively.Eyes Full of Empty is the highly anticipated first English translation of Jěrěmie Guez’s work. He lives in Paris.

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz,and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. His newest novel, Perfidia, is the first novel of the Second L.A. Quartet, Ellroy’s fictional history of Los Angeles during World War II.

Event info:
Friday, November 6, 2015 – 7:30pm
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

I Will Be Reading Tonight in LA

November 5th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Loudest Voice
I will be reading from my own fiction tonight at the first Loudest Voice reading of the year, November 5 @ 7:30 PM at Pop-Hop Books! The USC reading series will feature some amazing current students as well as out-of-towners. I’m delighted and flattered to be in their company:

Christine Kanownik is the author of the forthcoming KING OF PAIN by Monk Books. She lives and works in New York.

Dexter L. Booth  is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Major Jackson and was a Finalist for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 L.A. Leimert Park Book Fair’s Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. Booth is included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie) and his poems appear in BlackbirdThe Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Dexter currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Yvette Siegert is a poet and translator based in New York. She has edited for The New Yorker and has taught at Columbia University, Baruch College and the 92nd Street Y. Her writing has appeared in many publications, most recently in Aufgabe, Boston Review, St. Petersburg Review, Stonecutter, The Literary Review and The New Yorker, and her work has received recognition from PEN/New York State Council on the Arts, the Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts.

I Will Be Touring

October 31st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


with Jérémie Guez, the author of my most recent translation, the contemporary Parisian noir Eyes Full of Empty, which drops in bookstores November 10th and is currently available for pre-order at the website of publisher Unnamed Books, an LA-based indie press. The novel has garnered some terrific advance reviews from Publishers Weekly and M. Lynx Qualey at Arabic Literature (in English).

Tour dates include:

  • Skylight Books, Los Angeles: 7:30pm, November 6, with JAMES ELLROY, 1818 N Vermont Ave
  • University of California at Santa Barbara: 3:30pm, November 10, graduate translation workshop
  • BookBuyers, Mountain View: 7pm, November 12, 317 Castro St
  • Book Passage, Corte Madera: 7pm, November 13, with CARA BLACK, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Jérémie will also be appearing on his own at San Diego’s Mysterious Galaxy at 7:30pm on November 11.


At ALTA 2015: 10/28-31

October 30th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


This year’s ALTA, the 38th annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association, is in Tucson and themed “Translation and Traffic.” I will be speaking on a panel that takes its title from Karen Emmerich’s forthcoming book, “The Making of Originals: Translation as a Form of Editing” with translator and professor Karen Emmerich herself, and translator and co-chair of PEN America’s Translation Committee Alex Zucker, moderated by Words Without Borders editor Susan Harris. It’s at 3:45 on the afternoon of Friday, October 30th. Come see!

Just Three Days Left!

October 29th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Harpers Oct 2015

To grab your copy of the October 2015 issue of Harper’s Magazine, featuring my translation of “The Bawdyhouse for Beggars,” a chapter (or subchapter) unto itself in the “nonfiction novel” Paris insolite (“unseen” or “curious” Paris), which first ran in Issue 58, the John Le Carré issue, of TLR, Fairleigh Dickinson’s litmag The Literary Review. It will also be featured in the forthcoming anthology of writing on Paris from Serving House Press, edited by TLR World Literature Editor Jessie Vail Aufiery.

Clébert’s complete book is forthcoming next spring as Paris Vagabond from New York Review Books, in a translation by Donald Nicholson-Smith.

Jean-Paul Clébert (1926-2011) is the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction. He left Jesuit school at 16, to join the French Resistance, and afterward, traveled Asia. In the 1950s, he frequented two related movements—dwindling Surrealism and burgeoning Situationism—as well as reporting from Asia for Paris Match and France Soir. The 1996 Dictionnaire du surréalisme, for which he single-handedly composed every entry, is widely considered a classic, as is his first book, Paris insolite, a memoir of homeless life in Paris said to have influenced Henry Miller and the Situationist principle of the dérive. Published in 1952 with a dedication to Robert Doisneau and photographs by Patrice Molinard, it was, in the author’s own words, “not a story in the journalistic sense, but a personal investigation.” Among other prominent works are The Blockhouse (1958), his only translated novel, and 1962’s Les Tziganes, a pioneering sociological study of Gypsies also based on personal experience, translated into English by Charles Duff (Dutton, 1963). His later works were dedicated to the history, nature, and culture of Provence, where he spent his final years.

Charlie Cartoonist Luz in Harper’s

September 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The month is almost over, but you can still catch 4 pages from French cartoonist Luz’s memoir Catharsis, which traces his journey through artist’s block in the months after last January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks. It’s in the September issue of Harper’s, now on newsstands.


The Bride of Invasion Delcourt-Soleil at Comixology

September 25th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

In an earlier post, I flashed the cover of the French edition, but here’s The Curse of the Wendigo, with art by Charlie Adlard (best known for his work on The Walking Dead) from a script by Mathieu Missoffe. Think the movie Ravenous, but with a Native American protagonist in the trenches of World War I France…


Forthcoming from Melville House: Serge Brussolo

September 23rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The good folks at Melville House have come up with a moody Ludlumesque cover and a preview of what I call “Inception directed by David Cronenberg,” Serge Brussolo’s SFnal novel The Deep Sea Diver’s Syndrome, which they’ll be releasing this coming January.


. . . the long, black, oily car clung to the sidewalk. Like a giant wet rubbery leech fastened to the foot of the building, siphoning blood from the façade, slowly gorging on the vital fluid flushing the pink marble . . . Would the structure shrivel up, wither away? Instinctively, David reached out for the car door to make sure the metal wasn’t going soft. He checked himself just in time. Rule number one: keep fleeting impressions from blossoming into full-blown fantasies. A moment’s inattention and images seized the chance to sink roots, proliferating at incredible speed—like tropical plants that, no sooner slashed, sprouted back, stalks dripping sap, amputees already reanimating . . .

More Invasion: Delcourt at Comixology

September 21st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

And another from the summer, a contemporary comedy of changing manners originally entitled Contemporary Western Male, by journalist François Bégaudeau and seasoned artist Clément Oubrerie:

Modern Man

Soleil at Comixology: The French Invasion Begins

September 19th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

As has been reported all over—Paste Magazine, Bleeding Cool, Comic Book Resources, Comics and Cola, Comics Reporter, Newsarama, Comic Book, French Culture—publisher Delcourt-Soleil has spearheaded the French invasion of the US digital comic book market, releasing direct on Comixology, and yours truly has been dutifully busy cranking out the words for them. The full range of titles available so far is right here.

Here’s a series I did over the summer that’s been likened to Lost: Christophe Bec’s Prométhée.



But what is the origin of these planetary wide anomalies?

As the threat of Apocalypse hangs over the whole planet, it would seem that the future of Humanity has been plunged into chaos and obscurity… Heralding the worst for civilization.