and YOU are invited! The Thomas J. Watson Library is a fantastic resource available mostly to museum staff and other registered researchers. One of the perks of signing up on the Desk Set list is the chance to sneak a peak at libraries like this one, and Desk Setters were treated to a fascinating tour a few years ago. We’re pleased to say we’ve been invited back for wine, cheese, and fiction. Hope you can make it, and if you can, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org soon as space is limited.
Here are the details from our pals at at the Watson:
The Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of art invites you for an afternoon with Karolina Waclawiak, author of How To Get Into the Twin Palms. Karolina, Deputy Editor of The Believer and Watson Library visiting researcher, will read from her highly-acclaimed novel and will engage in a conversation with the audience. We will also feature related books from our collection for you to browse. Wine and snacks will be served. Limited space is available!
What: Thomas J. Watson Library presents Karolina Waclawiak, author of How To Get Into the Twin Palms
When: Tuesday, September 11th 4:00 – 5:30
Where: Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (meet at the Group Desk in the Great Hall)
RSVP: email@example.com by Friday, September 7th.
“Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching.”
It was a strange choice to decide to pass as a Russian. But it was a question of proximity and level of allure. Russians were everywhere in Los Angeles, especially in my neighborhood, and held a certain sense of mystery. I had long attempted to inhabit my Polish skin and was happy to finally crawl out of it. I would never tell my mother. She only thought of them as crooks and beneath us. They felt the same about us, we were beneath them. It had always been a question of who was under whom.
Anya stalks the nearby Twin Palms nightclub, the pinnacle of exclusivity in the Russian community. Desperate not only to gain entrance into the club but to belong there, Anya begins a perilous pursuit for Lev, a Russian gangster who frequents the seemingly impenetrable world of the Twin Palms.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=216dB68VMnk
How To Get Into the Twin Palms is hilarious and deeply moving, providing a humorous twist on the typical immigrant tale of belonging.
“Anya’s story strikes with the creeping suddenness of a brush fire.”
- Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly
Waclawiak writes about loneliness, isolation, and determination in a refreshing and quirky way. – New York Magazine
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One of Marie Claire’s Favorite Reads - http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity-lifestyle/reading-guide-how-to-get-into-the-twin-palms?src=soc_fcbks#slide-8
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About the Author
Karolina Waclawiak: Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.