Brock Clarke is the author of five novels, as well as three collections of short stories. His many awards include The Mary McCarthy Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and the longlist for the International MPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Bowdoin College.
The Madcap Narrative
A globe-trotting, century-spanning adventure story, Jake Wolff’s The History of Living Forever takes us from Maine to Romania to Easter Island and introduces a cast of unforgettable characters. Powered by pitch-perfect dialogue, lovable characters, and surprising optimism, Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? is a modern-day take on Graham Greene’s classic Travels with My Aunt, a novel about grabbing life, and holding on—wherever it may take you. Join these two authors as they discuss their new novels about madcap adventures.
Charles Parrott is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University where he directs the KSU Tellers storytelling troupe. He has coached his students in creating hundreds of stories, ranging from mythology, folklore, history, to personal narrative, devised theatre, and sketch comedy. He holds a PhD in performance studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and regularly publishes scholarship about storytelling and performance.
Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?
After his mother, a theologian and bestselling author, dies in a fiery explosion, forty-nine-year-old Calvin Bledsoe’s heretofore uninspired life is upended. A stranger shows up at the funeral, claiming to be Calvin’s aunt Beatrice, and insists that Calvin accompany her on a trip to Europe. As he and Beatrice traverse the continent, it quickly becomes apparent that his aunt’s clandestine behavior is leading him into danger. Facing a comic menagerie of antiquities thieves, secret agents, religious fanatics, and an ex-wife who’s stalking him, Calvin begins to suspect there might be some meaning behind the madness. Powered by pitch-perfect dialogue, lovable characters, and surprising optimism, Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? is a modern-day Travels with My Aunt, a novel about grabbing life, and holding on–wherever it may take you.