WHEN: July 10, 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: New York, at the Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (at 12th St.), 3rd floor Rare Book Room.
Join HiLobrow and Significant Objects contributors Luc Sante, Mimi Lipson, Annie Nocenti, and Jason Grote, plus Matthew Sharpe, Shelley Jackson, and Ben Greenman — as well as editors Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn (also of HiLobrow) — as they read stories from and celebrate the release of the Significant Objects book at New York’s Strand Book Store, on July 10 from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Buy Significant Objects or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway and 12th Street. Tell your friends!
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?
Walker and 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.
PS: Significant Objects is launched for pre-order on the Fantagraphics website now. Also, here’s a Flickr video/photoset, a YouTube video, a Facebook photo album, a Facebook video, a Google+ photo album, a PDF excerpt download, and a PDF excerpt on Google Docs.