The Regulator welcomes Lewis Shiner, author of Heroes and Villains, for a reading and signing in celebration of the launch of his new book, Outside the Gates of Eden.
What happened to the idealism of the 1960s? This question has haunted a generation. Using the music business as a window into half a century, Outside the Gates of Eden follows two men from their first meeting in high school to their final destination in the twenty-first century.
From San Francisco to Woodstock, from campus protests to communes, from the Village to Austin’s outlaw country music, Outside the Gates of Eden charts the rise and fall of the counterculture—and what came after.
"A powerful piece of work ... The prose is terrific, and the sense of time and place is first rate. A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams." -- George R.R. Martin
Lewis Shiner was born in 1950 and played in rock bands from high school on. Previous novels include Black & White, the award-winning Glimpses, and the cyberpunk classic Frontera. He’s written about music for the Village Voice, Pulse, Crawdaddy, and others. His short fiction has been reprinted in a number of best-of-the-year anthologies, and his latest collection is Heroes and Villains: Three Short Novels and a Fable. He lives in North Carolina.