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Posts Tagged ‘Charles Bock’

Writers Rally To Support Novelist Charles Bock & His Family

In February, a team of writers will throw The World’s Most Literary Rent Party Ever to support novelist Charles Bock and his family. UPDATE: This PayPal link has been troublesome, so follow this link and click on the graphic to donate via PayPal.

Here’s more from Edward Champion: “I have learned that Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, and his family are now facing serious hardship. Bock’s wife, Diana, is now in the hospital with leukemia. They have a two year old daughter. The costs — physical, emotional, and financial — are quite high. Difficult even for a writer who has experienced some success. In an effort to help the Bock Family out, the literary community has come together for a special benefit that is set to go down on Sunday, February 6, 2011. At PS 122 in the East Village. Tickets are set to go on sale on January 10th.”

As you can see from the poster embedded above, Bock’s supporters include everybody from Gary Shteyngart to Rivka Galchen to Jonathan Franzen to Rick Moody. Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include PayPal information.

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Paul McCartney’s Book-of-the-Month

books_021108_beautiful.jpgWhat does Paul McCartney listen to while touring America? Audiobooks.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the ex-member of The Beatles tripped out over an audiobook version of Charles Bock‘s critically-acclaimed novel, “Beautiful Children,” during a desert road trip. If you want to read more about Bock, GalleyCat interviewed the author earlier this year.

Here’s an excerpt from the Review-Journal article, including McCartney’s thoughts on the stack of audiobooks he brought for the trip: “A couple of them were kind of dry, one of them was a nice sort of crime adventure, then we got to this ‘Beautiful Children.’ Man, I tell you, it’s so hard-core … That’s what I think of now when I think of Vegas.”