This clip of Chris Adrian reading from his forthcoming novel The Great Night (April 26; Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a few months old, but timely and worth a good chunk of your day. In it, Adrian – one of the New Yorker’s 20 under 40 crowd – reads a section from the beginning of the novel in which Titania and Oberon (Queen and King of the fairies respectively) deal with their changeling child’s struggle with cancer and navigate the earthly realm of a San Francisco Hospital. My review of The Great Night should run early next week, so I won’t give too much away at present. Suffice to say it’s grand and should be much anticipated.
Check out the embedded clip below, courtesy of UC Berkeley’s Story Hour in the Library, a monthly prose reading series hosted by UCB English professors Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams.