Thursday May 23rd 7.00-8.30pm
The Big Green Bookshop is delighted to welcome US multi award winning novelist Ben Fountain to the shop for a very very special evening. Ben's latest novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, is an incredible modern take on the war (or anti-war) novel.
Nineteen year old Billy Lynn return's home a hero, after he and his troop are filmed defeating Iraqi soldiers in a vicious gun battle. The video goes viral and the Bush government see Billy as a marketing dream. He and his fellow soldiers are sent on a nationwide victory parade, where Billy mixes with the rich and the famous, and has to cope with the sudden celebrity status that has been thrust upon him.It's a magnificent portrait of a reluctant hero and an incredibly important novel about the modern world that we live in.
The book, understandably won The National Book Critics Circle Award and was finalist in the national Book Awards and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Ben is over in the UK for a very short time to coincide with the paperback launch of the book on May 16th, and we are over the moon that he's coming to the Big Green Bookshop whilst he's here.
We are also very fortunate to have Guardian book critic Sam Jordison here too, who's kindly agreed to interview Ben on the evening.There will be a chance for the audience to ask questions too and Ben will be happy to sign copies of his book for you.
Tickets for this very special evening are just £3, available here, and refreshments will be provided.
Please book early as tickets are likely to sell out very quickly.
If you're unable to make it, but would like a signed copy, the book is available to pre-order here. WE offer FREE P+P.