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On Reading: Katherine Dunn's Posthumously Released Novel, Toad

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT November 2, 2022

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Ticket/Voucher option includes a $10 Bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. Attendees will also receive a complimentary specialty cocktail (‘The Fishbowl’), courtesy of FSG! All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

Join The Center for Fiction for a thrilling conversation about fearless literary legend Katherine Dunn’s newly revealed novel, Toad!

Upon its release in 1989, Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love captivated readers, earned a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and was nominated for the National Book Award. It is widely considered a cult classic, one of the weirdest, most beloved novels of recent history.

In one of the most exciting publications of the fall, MCDxFSG is releasing Toad, Dunn’s previously unpublished novel of the reflections of a deeply scarred and reclusive woman. A brilliant precursor to the book that would make Dunn a misfit hero and a refreshing take even fifty-some years after it was written, Toad demonstrates Dunn’s genius for black humor and irony, her ecstatic celebration of the grotesque. Panelists include author Halle Butler (The New Me); artist and writer Molly Crabapple (Brothers of the Gun), writer of the foreword for Toad; and Naomi Huffman, editor of Toad. Don’t miss this unforgettable discussion!

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In Conversation

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    Halle Butler

    Halle Butler

    Halle Butler is the author of Jillian and The New Me. She is a Granta Best Young American Novelist, and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree.

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    Molly Crabapple

    Molly Crabapple

    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer based in New York. She is the author of two books, Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun (with Marwan Hisham), which was longlisted for a National Book Award in 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, the Paris Review, Vanity Fair, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art. Her animations have been nominated for three Emmys and won an Edward R. Murrow Award.

    Photo Credit: Marina Galperina

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    Naomi Huffman

    Naomi Huffman

    Naomi Huffman is a writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, GQ, Bookforum, the Believer, SSENSE, and elsewhere. She began transcribing Dunn’s short stories, housed in the archives at Lewis & Clark College, in 2018, and is the editor of two of Dunn’s previously unpublished books, Toad and Near Flesh: Stories, forthcoming from MCDxFSG in fall 2022 and 2023.