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The Mayor's Tongue

By Jess D'Amico in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 21, 2008 8:30PM

2008_04_mayorstongue.jpgAnyone who says editors can't write can see for themselves if that adage is true tomorrow evening when Nathaniel Rich, editor of The Paris Review, reads from his debut novel The Mayor's Tongue.

We think the text is clear and beautiful, in opposition to the characters in the novel, who can't seem to communicate with each other in the same language. The novel focuses on two plots that both travel from New York City to Trieste, Italy: one, a young man in search of his love and his literary hero, and the other of two elderly men looking for new life. The Mayor's Tongue has already received impassioned reviews, some good, some not so good, but it definitely has people talking. For our part, we're compelled to keep reading.

Stayed tuned for an interview with Nathaniel Rich on Thursday.

Tomorrow, April 22. 7:30 p.m. Borders, 2817 N Clark St. Free.