Thursday, Feb 06, 2020 7:00 PM
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
At the first of two February editions of Writers at the Wrecking Bar, we welcome back author Amy Bonnaffons to discuss "The Regrets," her dazzling, darkly playful debut novel about a love affair between the living and the dead in which reality and dreams collide.
Atlanta-based indie pop artist K Michelle DuBois will kick off the evening with a short set.
Bonnaffons will appear in conversation with Alison Law, host of the "Literary Atlanta" podcast.
About the Book
For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spirit. There's just one tiny problem: He's dead.
Stuck in a surreal limbo governed by bureaucracy, Thomas is unable to "cross over" to the afterlife until he completes a 90-day stint on earth, during which time he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living-lest he incur "regrets." When Thomas and Rachel break this rule, they unleash a cascade of bizarre, troubling consequences.
Set in the hallucinatory borderland between life and death, "The Regrets" is a gloriously strange and breathtakingly sexy exploration of love, the cataclysmic power of fantasies, and the painful, exhilarating work of waking up to reality, told with uncommon grace and humor by a visionary artist at the height of her imaginative power.
About the Author
Amy Bonnaffons' debut story collection "The Wrong Heaven," was published in July 2018 by Little, Brown. It will be followed by "The Regrets," a novel, out in February 2020. Amy is a founding editor of 7x7.la, a literary journal devoted to collaborations between writers and visual artists. Born in New York City, she now lives in Athens, Georgia. She has an MFA from NYU and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.
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, held at our neighborhood brewpub. 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. Select events will feature performances by notable local musicians.
Held upstairs in the Marianna Room of the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Writers at the Wrecking Bar hosts a cash bar with signature cocktails inspired by the books, starting at 7 p.m. The author conversation and book signing follow at 7:30 p.m.