September 2010

The Bookslut Reading Series

First Bookslut Portland Reading:
Tuesday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak St., Portland

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Tao Lin

In a startling change of direction, cult favorite Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love that is his most sophisticated and mesmerizing writing yet.

Richard Yates is named after real-life writer Richard Yates, but it has nothing to do with him. Instead, it tracks the rise and fall of an illicit affair between a very young writer and his even younger-in fact, underaged-lover. As he seeks to balance work and love, she becomes more and more self-destructive in a play for his undivided attention.His guilt and anger builds in response until they find themselves hurtling out of control and afraid to let go.

Lin's trademark minimalism takes on a new, sharp-edged suspense here, zeroing in on a lacerating narrative like never before-until it is almost, in fact, too late.


Tao Lin was born in 1983, and raised in Orlando, Florida. In 2007 Melville House published his first two works of fiction, the short story collection Bed, and the novel Eeeee Eee Eeee, simultaneously. And in 2008, published his poetry collection, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. It has been assigned as a text book in several college level psychology courses. In 2009, Melville House published his novella Shoplifting From American Apparel. His books have been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian and Serbian. He lives in Brooklyn.