Join us for an evening with Manuel Gonzales and Owen Egerton.
Manuel will read from his debut novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! Weaving in a brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is a seismically entertaining novel about revenge and allegiance and love.
The Regional Office is Under Attack! is an entertaining and satisfying novel. Like the best of the stories it satirizes so gently, it’s rollicking good fun on the surface, action-packed and shiny in all the right places; underneath that surface, though, it’s thoughtful and well considered. Gonzales has created a superheroic fighting force of the kind we’ve grown so used to through constant exposure to the Avengers and various iterations of the X-Men, and then he has turned out their pockets and flipped open their diaries. —New York Times Book Review
Manuel Gonzales is the author of the novel The Regional Office is Under Attack!, and the collection of stories, The Miniature Wife. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY.
Owen Egerton is the author of the novels, Hollow, Marshall Hollenzer is Driving, The Book of Harold and Everyone Says That at the End of the World, and the story collection, How Best to Avoid Dying. He’s also the writer/director of the psychological horror film Follow and forthcoming Blood Fest. As a screenwriter, Egerton has written for Fox, Disney, and Warner Brothers. His essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Salon. He cowrote the creative writing guide This Word Now with his wife, poet Jodi Egerton. Egerton also hosts NPR’s The Write Up. He’s been voted Austin’s best writer by readers of the Austin Chronicle seven times.
This event is sponsored by Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department.