The Real Unreal: Cities, with Geoff Manaugh, Jeff Ford, and Ron Hogan (Borders, New York City)

Columbus Circle Borders Bookstore in New York City (10 Columbus Circle) – CITIES REAL AND UNREAL: Readings and discussion with World Fantasy Award winners Jeff VanderMeer and Jeffrey Ford, and BLDGBLOG creator Geoff Manaugh, moderated by’s Ron Hogan. What do writers take from the real world when creating their fantastical creations? What does the real world take from fantasy? A playful exploration against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities! VanderMeer’s new noir phantasmagoria, Finch, takes place in a once-prosperous failed city-state and features a detective who must navigate its many ambiguities to solve a double murder. Manaugh’s BLDG BLOG BOOK from Chronicle Books is a biography of the city through essays and interviews. Ford has written about both historical and fantastical cities in his many critically acclaimed novels and stories. Come out to celebrate the squalor, the possibilities, and the madness of cities.

(Erm, and we’ll probably all go out to a pub or bar afterwards…)

“VanderMeer’s stark tone is brutally powerful at times, and his deft mix of genre-blurring style with a layered plot make this a joy to read.” – Publishers Weekly