Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated author DAVID MITCHELL—author of the Booker Prize–shortlisted novels number9dream and Cloud Atlas—for a discussion of his latest, highly anticipated novel Utopia Avenue. He will be joined in conversation by SUSAN COOPER, author of the beloved fantasy series The Dark Is Rising.
All tickets include a signed copy of Utopia Avenue, specially bound by the publisher.
Meet-and-greet tickets also include a 1-2 minute virtual one-on-one with the author following the event. These tickets are limited in quantity.
About Utopia Avenue
Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on a meteoric journey from the seedy clubs of Soho, a TV debut on Top of the Pops, the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel, Laurel Canyon, and San Francisco during the autumn of ’68.
David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?
“[David Mitchell is] prodigiously daring and imaginative . . . As in the works of Thomas Pynchon and Herman Melville, one feels the roof of the narrative lifted off and oneself in thrall.” —Time
“Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.” —The New York Times Book Review