Literary: Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is the Quentin Tarantino of letters. His hilarious and oddly touching Heavy Metal memoir Fargo Rock City catapulted him from unknown newspaper journalist to Spin magazine staff writer seemingly overnight. His first novel, Downtown Owl, w

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Chuck Klosterman is the Quentin Tarantino of letters. His hilarious and oddly touching Heavy Metal memoir Fargo Rock City catapulted him from unknown newspaper journalist to Spin magazine staff writer seemingly overnight. Since then he’s published three more books of nonfiction (Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Killing Yourself to Live and Chuck Klosterman IV) and has written about culture for Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

His first novel, Downtown Owl, was released last year. Klosterman’s nonfiction efforts are informed by his keen sense of popular culture and incisive sense of humor.

Set in the fictional town of Owl, N.D., the story centers on three characters, each of whom rotate chapters written in their first-person voice: Mitch, a third-string quarterback on the high-school football team; Julia, a recent college grad and Milwaukee native who takes a job teaching history at the high school; and Horace, a lifelong Owl resident and recent retiree who spends his days swapping stories over coffee with five buddies at the local diner.

He discusses and signs Downtown Owl at Joseph-Beth at 7 p.m. Get details here and read Jason Gargano's interview here.

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