When: Sat., April 12, 1-2:30 p.m. 2014
In an era of declining book sales, shrinking publicity budgets, disappearing newspaper and magazine books coverage, and the increasing popularity of genre fiction, undoubtable, unassailable, out-of-nowhere runaway success like the kind Oakland’s own Anthony Marra has experienced in the last twelve or so months isn’t just rare — it’s unprecedented. His excellent debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena racked up accolade after accolade: Best Book of 2013 from the Washington Post, the “extraordinary” descriptor — in the first sentence, no less! — from The New York Times, countless year-end lists, and a not-insignificant number of awards. Catch Marra as he reads his book — a heartrending account of the emotional aftermath of the Chechen wars, recently in paperback — at the Oakland Public Library’s Dimond Branch (3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland) and hear what all the buzz is about.