Bestselling author Nicholson Baker has written more than a dozen books, all of which have drawn quite a bit of attention. Take, for example, the multi-award-winning The Anthologist; the nonfiction Double Fold, which earned the National Book Critics Circle Award; and those few, um, racier novels—racy enough, anyway, that they drew the attention of The New York Times, which in 2011 called Baker “The Mad Scientist of Smut.” And now, Baker revisits his feckless but hopeful hero Paul Chowder from The Anthologist in the new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, wherein Chowder’s struggle to get his life together is reflected in his steadfast desire to write a pop song, or a protest song, or both at once. Baker will be joined by Warren Etheredge (of The High Bar and The Warren Report.)
Presented by: Town Hall as part of its Arts & Culture series with Elliott Bay Book Company. Sponsored by City Arts.
Learn more: About Baker.
As part of the process of writing Traveling Sprinkler, Baker created a recording studio in his barn where he produced Paul Chowder-like songs. The enhanced ebook edition of Traveling Sprinkler will come with twelve of these songs–all written, composed, and sung by the author himself.