Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Lovely Literary Events: An Evening with Andrew Kaufman

Andrew Kaufman is the bestselling author of two of my favourite books, All my Friends are Superheroes and The Tiny Wife. He will be at Waterstones in Piccadilly in London on Wednesday 16th January to talk about his lastest novel Born Weird.

An Evening with Andrew Kaufman
Wednesday 16th January at 6.30PM

Tickets £5 or £3 for Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders.
Call 02078512400 to buy a ticket.

Born Weird: A quirky story about five siblings with special powers that have cursed their lives, and how they team up to help each other lift the curse after years of estrangement:
A family drama unlike any other from the internationally acclaimed author of All My Friends are Superheroes. The Weirds have always been a little peculiar, but not one of them suspected that they'd been cursed by their grandmother. At the moment of their birth Annie Weird gave each of her five grandchildren a special power that she thought was a blessing. Richard, the oldest, always keeps safe; Abba always has hope; Lucy is never lost and Kent can beat anyone in a fight. As for Angie, she always forgives, instantly. But over the years these blessings have proved to be curses and ruined their lives. Now Annie is dying and she has one last task for Angie, her favourite grandchild. Angie has to gather her far-flung brothers and sisters and assemble them in her Grandmother's hospital room so that at the moment of her death, she can lift these blessings turned curses.

If you haven't read All My Friends are Superheroes, do check it out. It's a really beautiful book:

All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding the Perfectionist is hypnotized by her ex, Hypno, to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, the Perfectionist is sure that Tom has abandoned her, so she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpowers to leave all the heartbreak behind. With no idea that Tom's beside her, she boards the plane. Tom has, until they touch down, to convince her he's there, or he loses her forever...This book is a wonderful, heartbreakingly funny tribute to love, sweet love.

The Tiny Wife is a very short novel, written like a modern fairy story. I loved it so much, I gave it to most of my friends and family for Christmas last year. I'll be doing a giveaway of the book on my blog in a few weeks. The paperback has just been published in the UK:
A magical short novel from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes. A robber charges into a bank with a loaded gun, but instead of taking any money he steals an item of sentimental value from each person. Once he has made his escape, strange things start to happen to the victims. A tattoo comes to life, a husband turns into a snowman, a baby starts to shit money. And Stacey Hinterland discovers that she's shrinking, a little every day, and there is seemingly nothing that she or her husband can do to reverse the process. The Tiny Wife is a weird and wonderful modern fable. Small, but perfectly formed, it will charm, delight and unnerve in equal measure.

If you can't get to Waterstones on 16th January, you can still follow Andrew on Twitter here or read his recent Five-Minute Memoir in the Independent here. His website is here. He's a filmmaker as well as a writer, so the website is creative and fun.

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