Martin Seay, Reading and Discussing his Debut Novel, The Mirror Thief


We're thrilled to be hosting author Martin Seay, as we celebrate the paperback release of his spectacular debut novel, The Mirror Thief. Reading starts at 7pm at Unabridged Bookstore. Join us as Martin reads and discusses his work. The event is free and open to the public. There will be snacks and wine!
 
The Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery.
 
The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascination — was it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing? — the Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world-wide. But for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death. One man, however — a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose — has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city’s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten …

Meanwhile, in two other iterations of Venice — Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa 2003 — two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret ….

All three stories will weave together into a spell-binding tour-de-force that is impossible to put down — an old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice … and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of literary art.

Martin Seay’s debut novel The Mirror Thief was listed among the best books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly and National Public Radio, and was included among the year’s notable books by the New York Times Book Review; it was also named the best debut of 2016 by the Chicago Review of Books and the best traditionally-published work of fiction of 2016 by the Chicago Writers Association.  Martin's other writing has appeared in the BelieverMAKEJoyland,Gargoyle, and the Gettysburg Review.  Originally from Texas, Martin lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781612195599
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House Publishing - April 11th, 2017

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unabridged Books, Inc.
3251 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657