Significant Objects book

June 20, 2012

WHEN: July 10, 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: New York, at the Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (at 12th St.), 3rd floor Rare Book Room.

Join contributors LUC SANTE, MATTHEW SHARPE, MIMI LIPSON, BEN GREENMAN, ANNIE NOCENTI, SHELLEY JACKSON, JASON GROTE — and editors JOSHUA GLENN (of HiLobrow) and ROB WALKER — as they read stories from and celebrate the release of Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things (Fantagraphics).

Can a great story transform a worthless trinket into a significant object? The Significant Objects project set out to answer that question once and for all, by recruiting a highly impressive crew of creative writers to invent stories about an unimpressive menagerie of items rescued from thrift stores and yard sales. Sold on eBay, objects originally picked up for a buck or so sold for thousands of dollars in total — making the project a sensation in the literary blogosphere along the way. But something else happened, too: The stories created were astonishing, a cavalcade of surprising responses to the challenge of manufacturing significance. Who would have believed that random junk could inspire so much imagination?

Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, that’s who. This book — 232 full-color pages, gorgeously designed by Jacob Covey, and packed to bursting with photos and charts and diagrams — collects 100 of the finest tales from their unprecedented creative experiment.

Buy Significant Objects or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person. Please note that online orders require payment at the time of checkout to guarantee admission. Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

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