Simon Jacobs - PALACES

Join us April 5th as we welcome Simon Jacobs - on tour with his new book PALACES (Two Dollar Radio) He will be joined by a killer lineup of writers - Lindsay Hunter, Alex Higley and Rachel Hyman

John and Joey are a young couple immersed in their local midwestern punk scene, who after graduating college sever all ties and move to a perverse and nameless northeastern coastal city. They drift in and out of art museums, basement shows, and derelict squats seemingly unfazed as the city slowly slides into chaos around them.

Late one night, forced out of their living space, John and Joey are driven to take shelter in a chain pharmacy before emerging to a city in full-scale riot. They find themselves the only passengers on a commuter train headed north, and exit at the final stop to discover the area entirely devoid of people. As John and Joey negotiate their future through bizarre, troubling manifestations of the landscape and a succession of abandoned mansions housing only scant clues to their owners' strange and sudden disappearance, they're also forced to confront the resurgent violence and buried memories of their shared past.

With incisive precision and a cool detachment, Simon Jacobs has crafted a surreal and spellbinding first novel of horror and intrigue.

"Jacobs’s terrifying debut novel is a master class in anxiety and atmosphere. Jacobs creates a setting that fans of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy will enjoy while still offering up fresh frights, including a wolf in the foyer, a screaming child in the closet, and a knife that keeps showing up, no matter how many times John throws it away. Jacobs is a writer to watch; his talent for crafting an immersive, scary narrative is undeniable."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review


Simon Jacobs is the author of the novel Palaces (Two Dollar Radio), and of Saturn (Spork Press), a collection of David Bowie stories. He is from Ohio and lives in New York City.

Alex Higley is the author of Cardinal (longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction) and Old Open. He has been previously published by Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, New World Writing, PANK, Fanzine, and elsewhere. 

Lindsay Hunter is the co-founder and co-host of the groundbreaking Quickies! reading series, an event that focuses on flash fiction. Her first book, Daddy’s, a collection of flash fiction, was published in 2010 by featherproof books, a boutique press in Chicago. Her second collection, DON’T KISS ME, was published by FSG Originals in 2013 and was named one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year: Short Stories. Her first novel, Ugly Girls, was published by FSG in November 2014, and her latest novel, Eat Only When You’re Hungry, was a finalist for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award and a 2017 NPR Great Read. 

Rachel Hyman is the co-editor of Banango Street and author of the chapbook Dear S (Big Lucks). Other work has been published in The Scrambler, Shabby Doll House, and Dusie. She lives in Chicago with her shiba Kenny.

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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ISBN: 9781937512675
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 16th, 2018