Monday, October 13, 2014

Texas Book Festival: James Magnuson

He knows he adorable...
James Magnuson's latest novel, Famous Writers I Have Known, is a  hilarious send up of MFA programs.  The novel is impossible to put down and gets off to a great start when con man Frankie Abandonato makes a possibly fatal mistake by running a lottery scam on the wrong mobster.  Fearing for his life, he makes a wise decision to ditch New York and  head to Texas, where he is mistaken for a reclusive and famous author V S Mohle  (think JD Salinger)  by students who were sent to pick him up at the airport. Mohle has agreed to teach a seminar at a prestigious writing program, and Abandonato thinks that it will be pretty simple to pull one over on these writer chumps. As Abandonato feels his way through each seminar you will laugh your ass off.

Famous Writers I Have Known is a wacky, non-stop caper and a must for any book lover. Oh, and if you need further convincing, you should know that Magnuson is the director of The Michener Center for Writers... be prepared for the occasional cameo. 

Visit James Magnuson in the Kirkus Reviews Tent on Sunday at 11:00 am. 
Check out the full festival schedule here

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