Adam Levin (left) and Nathan Englander (right)
Award-winning author Adam Levin, Bubblegum
In Conversation with Nathan Englander

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST

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The astonishing novel by the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award-winning author of The Instructions: a wild, inventive look at an alternate world that nimbly and playfully casts a light on the human truths of our own. Bubblegum is set in an alternate, present-day world in which the Internet does not exist, and has never existed. Rather, a wholly different species of interactive technology—a “flesh-and-bone robot” called the Curio—has dominated both the market and the cultural imagination since the late 1980s. Belt Magnet, who as a boy in greater Chicago became one of the lucky first adopters of a Curio, is now writing his memoir, and through it we follow a singular man out of sync with the harsh realities of a world he feels alien to but must find a way to live in.

At age thirty-eight, still living at home with his widowed father, Belt insulates himself from the awful and terrifying world outside by spending most of his time with books, his beloved Curio, and the voices in his head, which he isn’t entirely sure are in his head. After Belt’s father goes on a fishing excursion, a simple trip to the bank escalates into an epic saga that eventually forces Belt to confront the world he fears, as well as his estranged childhood friend Jonboat, the celebrity astronaut and billionaire.

In Bubblegum, Adam Levin has crafted a profoundly hilarious, resonant, and monumental narrative about heartbreak, longing, art, and the search for belonging in an incompatible world. Bubblegum is a rare masterwork of provocative social (and self-) awareness and intimate emotional power.
Adam Levin is the author of The InstructionsHot Pink, and, most recently, Bubblegum. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Esquire, and Playboy. He has been a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award winner, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a National Jewish Book Award finalist. A long-time Chicagoan, he currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, an international bestseller, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and the novels The Ministry of Special Cases, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, and His books have been translated into twenty-two languages, and, among other prizes, he was chosen as one of Twenty Writers for the 21st Century by The New Yorker, is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Berlin Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. His play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at the Public Theater in 2012, and his new play, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, was supposed to be running at The Old Globe in San Diego right now—sigh. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and lives with his family in Toronto. 
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780525566489
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 2021