Ashton Politanoff Presents His Debut Novel "You'll Like It Here"

You're invited to join us Friday, September 23rd at 7pm when author ASHTON POLITANOFF reads excerpts from his debut novel, You'll Like It Here.  He will also discuss the book with author Rita Bullwinkel (left). 

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You'll Like it Here is a haunting bricolage, divided into three parts, that excavates the forgotten history of Redondo Beach in the early 1900’s through old news clippings, advertisements, recipes and other ephemera that speak to the ills of male stoicism, industrialization and capitalism, and environmental displacement. Ashton used digital archives from the Redondo Reflex and other city adjacent newspapers as the basis for his surrealist account, masterfully tracing this larger shift away from coastal maritime repose in the wake of the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and World War II through momentary fragments that feel as real and palpable as they do transient, mythological, and strangely reminiscent of our current times.

Formally, You'll Like it Here works in conversation with Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Amina Cain’s Indelicacy, and Kathryn Scanlan’s Aug 9 Fog. The novel also embraces a multi-register, journalistic storytelling that questions the tenuous line between objectivity and subjectivity in documenting the unreliability of history—both personal and collective—brilliantly balancing voids of loss, absence, and disappearance with moments of natural transcendence and miraculous phenomena.

ASHTON POLITANOFF lives in Redondo Beach, California and teaches at Cypress College. Politanoff is a frequent contributor to the literary annual NOON.

RITA BULLWINKEL is the author of Headshot (Viking 2023) and Belly Up, which garnered both a 2022 Whiting Award and the 2018 Believer Book Award. She is an Editor at Large for McSweeney’s, a Contributing Editor for NOON, and the creator of Oral Florist.

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Friday, September 23, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
You'll Like It Here (American Literature) By Ashton Politanoff Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628974034
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 6th, 2022