UNNAMED PRESS SHOWCASE w/ David Lida & Esme Weijun Wang
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


City Lights celebrates Indy Publisher UNNAMED PRESS

with two new works of fiction

One Life

by David Lida


The Border of Paradise

by Esme Weijun Wang

Annisse Gross in conversation with David Lida and Esme Weijun Wang

David Lida is the author of four books, including the very well received travel narrative First Stop in the New World (Riverhead, 2009). One Life is his first novel and will be published in Mexico in Spanish in 2016. He has been a journalist for more than twenty years, principally in the U.S. and Mexico, but also for magazines in England, Canada and Peru. When David is not writing, he works as a mitigation specialist, conducting investigations for lawyers in the U.S. who defend clients who are charged with capital murder and facing the death penalty. He is based in Mexico City.

Esmé Weijun Wang is an award-winning mental health advocate and speaker, as well as a journalist and essayist. The Border of Paradise is her first novel. She lives in San Francisco.

Annisse Gross is West Coast Correspondent for Publisher's Weekly.

The Unnamed Press publishes literature from around the world. Whether it's fiction, memoir or something in between, they are always interested in unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices. To learn more visit: http://unnamedpress.com

What has been said about One Life:

"ONE LIFE will be deservedly praised for the light it trains on a previously unexposed dark corner of the primitively cruel and racist U.S. justice system. But David Lida also writes, in his remarkable novel, about a Mexico that even very few Mexican writers have any first-hand knowledge of, and does it in a way that readers on both sides of the border have rarely encountered."                                                       -Francisco Goldman,  author of 'Say Her Name' and 'The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle'.

"David Lida's ONE LIFE is simply revelatory. It's Juan Rulfo meets Raymond Chandler, Roberto Bolaño meets Chester Himes. It's the American justice system, exposed, and the inside story of the frenetic, cruel push and pull that lures Mexican migrants from of their homes to the US. I've never read a book quite like this, and neither have you."
Daniel Alarcón, author of AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES  

"I haven't read a book this harrowing since Atticus Lish's PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEXT LIFE. David Lida has written an extraordinary account of the cruelty, squalor, and occasional enchantment of life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. It is an indictment of a justice system mired in cynicism and bad faith, and an economic system that hits the poorest hardest, and repays ambition with betrayal; but at the same time, ONE LIFE is an incredible love story, not just in the romantic sense, but in the sense that it's about coming to love life itself, despite everything."
Paul LaFarge, author of ANOTHER LIFE

Praise for The Border of Paradise:

"THE BORDER OF PARADISE is a magnificent achievement – an exhortation for human tenderness and individual dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Wang explores identity and family with a sense of drama that borders on gothic, without ever sacrificing the psychological texture that connects us to her characters."
Adrienne Celt, author of THE DAUGHTERS

"Wang's prose is beautiful and restrained, and her generous, precise characterization makes every perspective feel organic and utterly real in the face of increasingly theatrical circumstances. The result — the story of an American family stretched and manipulated into impossible shapes — is an extraordinary literary and gothic novel of the highest order."
Carmen Maria Machado, NPR

Books related to this event:

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The Border of Paradise
Esmé Weijun Wang
2016 Edition
A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family. In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano Company is an American success story. There is just one problem: the Nowak's only son, David. A handsome kid and shy like his mother, David struggles with neuroses.