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Daniel Handler discusses ALL THE DIRTY PARTS (w/ Arisa White)

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Submitted by BradJohnson on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:02pm

Thursday, September 27
7pm

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters next to the allure of sex. "Let me put it this way," he says. "Draw a number line, with zero is you never think about sex and ten is, it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex."

Cole fantasizes about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography, and he sleeps with a lot of girls, which is beginning to earn him a not-quite-savory reputation around school. This leaves him adrift with only his best friend for company, and then something startling starts to happen between them that might be what he's been after all this time-and then he meets Grisaille.

All The Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where sex feels like love, but no one knows what love feels like. With short chapters in the style of Jenny Offill or Mary Robison, Daniel Handler gives us a tender, brutal, funny, intoxicating portrait of an age when the lens of sex tilts the world. "There are love stories galore," Cole tells us, "This isn't that. The story I'm typing is all the dirty parts."

Joining him in conversation is poet Arisa White

About the Authors

Daniel Handler is the author of the novels We Are Pirates, The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and Why We Broke Up, a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for many books for children, including the thirteen-volume sequence A Series of Unfortunate Events and the four-book series All the Wrong Questions. He is married to the illustrator Lisa Brown, and lives with her and their son in San Francisco.

Arisa White is the author of Hurrah’s Nest, which was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Awards. Her second collection, A Penny Saved, inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell, was published by Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press in 2012. Her newest collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was published by Augury Books.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
All the Dirty Parts Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781632868046
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - August 29th, 2017

We Are Pirates Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608197767
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 6th, 2015

Why We Broke Up Cover Image
By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316127264
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Published: Little Brown and Company - December 3rd, 2013