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BookPeople presents: Reif Larsen

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Thursday, March 5 at 7PM

Bestselling Author
of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet


speaking & signing

I Am Radar


Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently translated in twenty-seven languages. I Am Radar is a kaleidoscopic novel that draws on the furthest reaches of quantum physics, forgotten history, and mind-bending art to tell the story of Radar Radmanovic. Join us as we Larsen shares this journey through humanity’s darkest hours, with an arrival at a place of shocking wonder and redemption.


Reif Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently translated in twenty-seven languages. The novel was a 2010 Montana Honor book and an IndieBound Award finalist; was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and was adapted into a movie by Jean- Pierre Jeunet (Amelié). Larsen’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Tin House, one story, The Millions, Asymptote Journal, and The Believer. Larsen is currently serving as the writer-in-residence at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.


Deep in arctic Norway, a cadre of Norwegian schoolteachers is imprisoned during the Second World War. Founding a radical secret society that will hover on the margins of recorded history for decades to come, these schoolteachers steal radioactive material from a hidden Nazi nuclear reactor and use it to stage a surreal art performance on a frozen coastline. This strange society appears again in the aftermath of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime, when another secret performance takes place but goes horrifically wrong. Echoes of this disaster can be heard during the Yugoslavian wars, when an avant-garde puppeteer finds himself trapped inside Belgrade, while his brother serves in the genocidal militia that attacks Srebrenica. Decades later, in the war-torn Congo, a disfigured literature professor assembles the largest library in the world even as the country around him collapses. All of these stories are linked by Radar—now a gifted radio operator living in the New Jersey Meadowlands—who struggles with love, a set of hapless parents, and a terrible medical affliction that he has only just begun to comprehend.

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I Am Radar (Hardcover)

By Reif Larsen


ISBN-13: 9781594206160
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 2/2015 

Other Editions of this Title


Earlier Event: March 3
One Page Salon