Paul La Farge's Luminous Airplanes
Tuesday October 4, 2011
Ten years in the making, Paul La Farge’s Luminous Airplanes is a novel and a web-based “immersive text,” which continues the story o f the novel and expands it in new directions. To celebrate the release of the novel and the launch of luminousairplanes.com, La Farge will turn the upper floors of The Center for Fiction into a three-dimensional hypertext, a literally immersive environment of images, sound and text which visitors can explore at their own pace, and on their own paths. Apocalyptic cults are on the itinerary, and so are cave explorers, college students, computer games, dance music, missing parents and monsters. Oh, and it’s also a book party: drinks will be served, and visitors will be able to ask La Farge questions in the intimate confines of the Center for Fiction’s elevator.
Paul La Farge is the author of two novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Harper’s, Fence, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His nonfiction appears in The Believer, Bookforum, and Cabinet. He lives in upstate New York with his army of robots.
A special thank you to House Spirits and Aviation Gin for providing us with spirits for tonight's event!