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May 23, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

In-Person | An Evening with Alexander Maksik & Mitchell Kaplan discussing The Long Corner


May 23, 2022
7:30 pm


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Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with Alexander Maksik

In conversation with Mitchell Kaplan


The Long Corner: A Novel

(Europa Editions, $27)

Monday, May 23, 7:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to partner with Miami Book Fair to present bestselling author Alexander Maksik in conversation with our very own Mitchell Kaplan,  to discuss his bold new novel about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness that retraces the arc of American life and culture in the first decades of the 21st century.

This event is FREE and open to the public and copies of The Long Corner (Europa Editions, $27) will be available for purchase at the bookstore the night of the event.

About the Book:

“Alexander Maksik is a sorcerer of the first order.”—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

It is early 2017 in New York City, Donald Trump is President, and Solomon Fields, a young Jewish journalist-turned-advertising hack, finds himself disillusioned by the hollowness and conformity of American life and language. Once brimming with dreams and ideals instilled in him by his eternally bohemian grandmother, a survivor of the Holocaust who has dedicated her life to passion and pleasure, Sol now finds the senseless jargon he produces at work seeping into all aspects of the world around him—and most disturbingly, into the art that his beloved grandmother taught him to revere.

A personal tragedy drives Sol to leave New York and accept an invitation to The Coded Garden, an artists’ colony on a tropical island, whose mysterious patron, Sebastian Light, seems to offer the very escape Sol desperately needs. But the longer he remains in the Garden, the more Light comes to resemble Trump himself, and the games he plays with Sol become more dangerous. Slowly lines begin to blur—between reality and performance, sincerity and manipulation, art and life, beauty and emptiness—until Sol finds that he must question everything: his past, his convictions, and his very sanity.


About the Author:

Alexander Maksik is the author of three previous novels: You Deserve Nothing (Europa, 2011), a New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A Marker to Measure Drift, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and Shelter in Place (Europa, 2016), named one of the best books of the year by the Guardian and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Andrew Lytle Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and the Corporation of Yaddo.

About the Moderator:

Mitchell Kaplan is the owner of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair.