Tue, Oct 3, 7PM — Josh Weil, author of THE AGE OF PERPETUAL LIGHT: STORIES, in conversation with Laura van den Berg, author of the forthcoming novel, THE THIRD HOTEL

A dazzling new work that spans a century and eight tales of light, human progress, and the search for a better life from Josh Weil, one of “the most gifted writers of his generation” (Colum McCann), winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

“A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi…. engrossing, persuasively detailed and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“How much wattage does it take to illuminate the darkest corners of the human heart? In eight complex, luminous and light bearing stories, and with endless compassion for his superbly drawn characters, Josh Weil has the audacity to ask such a question, knowing full well that the answer may be: more than we have ever, or will ever have.”―Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

“Josh Weil is a lamplighter, the best possible kind.  He moves us into each of these earthy, elegant stories and suddenly the light changes in ways we couldn’t have imagined.  The Age of Perpetual light is a special book woven with generosity and grit as it works against the dark to take the true measure of kinship.” ― Ron Carlson

Josh Weil is the author of The Great Glass Sea and The New Valley. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, he has been awarded The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a Pushcart. He lives in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me, and the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, and The Isle of Youth.  Her new novel, The Third Hotel, will be published next year.