Writing faculty Ben Marcus' most recent novel, The Flame Alphabet, will be released by Knopf on January 17. It is the story of an epidemic that sweeps the country, making the sound of children's voices lethal. Novelist Jonathan Lethem writes that "The book is an urban ironist's reply to Cormac McCarthy's The Road..."
Previous books by Ben Marcus include Notable American Women (2002), The Father Costume (2002) and The Age of Wire and String (1995). Marcus also edited The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004).
Marcus will be reading with Creative Writing Lecture Series guest, Jim Shepard at KGB's Behind the Book Series on January 12. There will be a launch event for The Flame Alphabet at Book Court on January 19.
Watch the book trailer: