Join us April 6th as we celebrate the re-release of Rob Roberge's memoir LIAR. We will have a night filled with a reading, a BOOKED podcast recording with Robb Olson, live music performances, and more!
ABOUT THE BOOK: When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life—ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are.
As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Darkly funny and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence cobbled together across the country, from musicians’ crashpads around Boston, to seedy bars popular with sideshow freaks in Florida, to a painful moment of reckoning in the scorched Wonder Valley desert of California. As Roberge struggles to keep addiction and mental illness from destroying the good life he has built in his better moments, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rob Roberge is the author of five books—the memoir Liar and four books of fiction—the novels The Cost of living, More Than They Can Chew, and Drive and the short story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. Several
of his plays have been staged in Los Angeles, and This Regrettable Event—a short film he wrote, directed, and edited—has been shown at festivals. His stories and essays have been widely published and anthologized. As a musician, he has released two roots-rock solo albums, and he plays with LA’s art-punk band The Urinals. He lives in Chicago, where he’s at work on a new novel.
ABOUT ROBB OLSON:
Robb Olson is cohost of the acclaimed weekly literary podcast Booked, which has broadcast for the last 8 years. He's also the co-editor of the Booked Anthology. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.