Blake Butler - Alice Knott Virtual Event

Blake Butler - Alice Knott Virtual Event

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020 8:00 PM

A Cappella Books on Zoom

Since the 2011 release of his stunning breakthrough novel, “There Is No Year,” Blake Butler’s bold, imaginative voice has invited comparisons to everyone from William S. Burroughs to Dennis Cooper. The Marietta-based author will join us on Zoom for a discussion of his acclaimed new book, “Alice Knott” ­­— a hypnotic, wildly inventive story about art, violence, and endurance.

Butler will appear in conversation with Atlanta journalist and Smithsonian Folkways editor Chad Radford on Thursday, July 30, at 8 PM (EST). This event is free to attend.

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About the Book

Alice Knott lives alone, a reclusive heiress haunted by memories of her deceased parents and mysterious near-identical brother. Much of her family’s fortune has been spent on a world-class collection of artwork, which she stores in a vault in her lonely, cavernous house. One day, she awakens to find the artwork destroyed, the act of vandalism captured in a viral video that soon triggers a rash of copycat incidents. As more videos follow and the world’s most priceless works of art are destroyed one by one, Alice finds that she has become the chief suspect in an international conspiracy—even as her psyche becomes a shadowed landscape of childhood demons and cognitive disorder.

Unsettling, almost physically immersive, “Alice Knott” is a virtuoso exploration of the meaning of art and the lasting afterlife of trauma, as well as a deeply humane portrait of a woman whose trials feel both apocalyptic and universal.

About the Author

Blake Butler is the author of acclaimed novels including “300,000,000,” “There Is No Year,” and “Scorch Atlas,” as well as the nonfiction “Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia.” His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Bookforum, BOMB, and elsewhere. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.