CHESTON KNAPP in conversation with WELLS TOWER
Wednesday Feb. 28, 7:00PM
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Cheston Knapp, managing editor of Tin House, for a reading and book signing of his new collection of essays, UP UP, DOWN DOWN, in conversation with Wells Tower (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned).The subjects Knapp examines are wildly different and equally engaging: From skateboarding camp to local professional wrestling to UFO enthusiasts, beer pong in fraternity basements, a neighbor’s murder, fathers, community and nostalgia. Much like David Foster Wallace’s collection Consider the Lobster, these essays are for the everyday reader and for the literati alike. UP UP, DOWN DOWN is a fiercely intelligent collection of essays that examines how we tell the stories of our lives.
“Always smart, often hilarious, and ultimately transcendent.” —Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
CHESTON KNAPP is the managing editor of Tin House magazine and executive director of the Tin House Summer Workshop. Up Up, Down Down is his first book. With his wife and son, he lives a life of reluctant modesty in Portland, OR.
WELLS TOWER is the author of the short story collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. Born in Vancouver, Tower grew up in North Carolina. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia. He began his professional career when he convinced an editor at The Washington Post Magazine to publish an article about a carnival worker. Tower is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the 2002 Plimpton (Discovery) Prize from The Paris Review, and a Henfield Foundation Award. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Chapel Hill.