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Michael Keen presents ‘Notes From the Trauma Party’

Michael Keen presents ‘Notes From the Trauma Party’

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Date:
November 21, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Third Place Books
5041 Wilson Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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“One of the strangest, most powerful books I’ve read in a long time…riveting, terrifying and hope-giving at once.”—George Saunders

Third Place Books welcomes Michael Keen to our Ravenna store! Keen will be discussing his debut novel, Notes From the Trauma Party, which recounts a string of harrowingly awkward encounters with oversexed coworkers, narcissistic writers, self-absorbed drug dealers, estranged parents, schizophrenics, and pedophiles—each causing and reflecting one man’s pathological confusion about the workings of his inner world. This event is free and open to the public.

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Tickets:

This event is free to attend. Registration is required in advance.

About Notes From the Trauma Party. . .

In a post-Knausgaard fictional reality that is as devastating as it is hilarious, an idealistic social worker with the same name as the author counsels the mentally ill, tries to be scrupulously honest (too honest?) with his girlfriends, and earnestly lectures his fellow writers in the MFA hothouse-all while navigating the complicated administrative aspects of being, and remaining, extraordinarily high. Appropriating the time-worn tropes of an addiction memoir, Michael Keen’s kalaidoscopic debut novel recounts a string of harrowingly awkward encounters with oversexed coworkers, narcissistic writers, self-absorbed drug dealers, estranged parents, schizophrenics, and pedophiles-all causing and reflecting one man’s pathological confusion about the workings of his inner world. In its transgressively exhilarating depiction of millennial anomie, Notes from the Trauma Party is a no-holds-barred examination of a quest for total transparency that is as awful as it is sublime.

Michael Keen is from Puyallup, Washington, and has an MFA from Syracuse University. He also has an MSW from Columbia University, and has worked for many years as a social worker. Notes from the Trauma Party is his first book.

About Third Place Books

Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park, Washington, Third Place Books is dedicated to the creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. With locations in Lake Forest Park and Seattle’s Ravenna and Seward Park neighborhoods, Third Place Books is proud to serve the entire Seattle metro area. Learn more about their event series at thirdplacebooks.com/events.