Daniel Alarcón - One Book One Marin

In conversation with Michael Krasny
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Join us for the culminating event for One Book One Marin 2015. Marin County residents started reading and discussing the 2015 selection, Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles in February.

Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man; his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother; and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nuñez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

Daniel Alarcón is the author of the story collection War by Candlelight, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” and is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast.


Dominican University, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael
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ISBN-13: 9781594632839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Trade, 10/2014

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