Writers at the Wrecking Bar Presents Blake Butler in conversation with Hugh Crawford - Molly

Writers at the Wrecking Bar Presents Blake Butler in conversation with Hugh Crawford - Molly

Thursday, Dec 14, 2023 7:00 PM

The Marianna Room at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

A gripping, unforgettable memoir from one of the best, most original writers of the 21st century. Blake Butler has changed the world of language with his mind-melting literary thrillers, and now he brings his abilities to bear on the emotional world.

At the December edition of Writers at the Wrecking Bar, A Cappella Books is delighted to welcome author Blake Butler in honor of his new memoir, "Molly." Butler will appear in conversation with Hugh Crawford, associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech.

Presented in partnership with Stuckey's.

About the Book

Blake Butler and Molly Brodak instantly connected, fell in love, married and built a life together. Both writers with deep roots in contemporary American literature, their union was an iconic joining of forces between two major and beloved talents.

Nearly three years into their marriage, grappling with mental illness and a lifetime of trauma, Molly took her own life. In the days and weeks after Molly’s death, Blake discovered shocking secrets she had held back from the world, fundamentally altering his view of their relationship and who she was.

A masterpiece of autobiography, Molly is a riveting journey into the darkest and most unthinkable parts of the human heart, emerging with a hard-won, unsurpassedly beautiful understanding that expands the possibilities of language to comprehend and express true love.

Unrelentingly clear, honest and concise, "Molly" approaches the impossible directly, with a total empathy that has no parallel or precedent. A supremely important work that will be taught, loved, relied on and passed around for years to come, Blake Butler affirms now beyond question his position at the very top rank of writers.

About the Author

Blake Butler is the author of nine book-length works, including "Alice Knott" (Riverhead), "300,000,000" (Harper Perennial), "Sky Saw" (Tyrant Books), "There is No Year" (Harper Perennial), "Scorch Atlas" (Featherproof Books), and "Ever" (Calamari Press), as well as the nonfictional "Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia" (Harper Perennial). His short fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared widely, including in The Believer, The New York Times, Bomb, Bookforum, and as an ongoing column at Vice. In 2021, he was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. He is a founding editor of HTMLGIANT.

About the Conversation Partner

Dr. Hugh Crawford received his PhD in American Literature from Duke University. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty as an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in 1996. A specialist in the cultural studies of science and technology, he has published on literature and medicine, cinema and science, medical imaging technologies, the novels of Herman Melville, and the poetry of William Carlos Williams. He is past president of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, and former editor of Configurations: a Journal of Science, Technology and Culture published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

About Writers at the Wrecking Bar

A Cappella Books presents Writers at the Wrecking Bar, a series of live author interview events showcasing some of the country's freshest voices in literary and contemporary fiction. Each program includes writers in conversation with an arbiter of Atlanta's book scene, giving the audience a chance to experience and participate in the Q&A and get a signed copy of the book. Held upstairs in the Marianna Room of the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Writers at the Wrecking Bar hosts a cash bar, starting at 7 PM. The author conversation and book signing follow at 7:30 PM.