Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers Facebook Page
John Rosengren and John Paul Scott
Authors John Rosengren and Paul John Scott will discuss their novels A Clean Heart and Malcharist live on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm Central time.
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About A Clean Heart: Carter Kirchner struggles to stay sane and sober as a counselor on Six West, an adolescent drug treatment center run by a hard-drinking nun with an MBA. The young man is caught between Sister Mary Xavier’s plan to rescue the center by reforming a hard case kid and the dysfunctional staff’s clumsy plan to intervene on their boss’s drinking. Meanwhile, Carter’s mother–who never forgave him for giving up a promising hockey career to treat his own addiction–lands in the hospital with an advanced case of cirrhosis. Before Carter can help the young addict commissioned to his care or safely navigate the staff’s dysfunctional intervention effort, he must rescue himself from his family’s past.
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John Rosengren, a full-time freelance writer for the past 30 years, was recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has won more than a dozen writing awards. He has published eight previous books, including Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, the definitive biography of the first Jew inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame, and Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, which chronicles a season spent with a high school hockey powerhouse (Minnesota's Friday Night Lights). His articles have appeared in more than 100 publications, such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated and Utne Reader.
Rosengren earned his master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott. More at www.johnrosengren.net.
About Malcharist: It’s Manhattan in the winter of 2010, and Shivani Patel is carrying the secrets of a trade that no one understands: medical ghostwriting. A Cambridge-trained scientist and wordsmith for the world’s largest drugmaker, she makes her soaring pay by delivering the sleight-of-hand needed to move new drugs into medical journals and onto market. Then she watches as a parade of aging males take credit for her work.
Halfway across the country, Griffin Wagner is slumming it in Minneapolis as a freelance reporter for In the Zone, a downmarket men’s magazine and his lifeline in the collapse of print. When fate leads both Shivani and Griffin to a problem with the world’s favorite pill and the celebrity psychiatrist who promoted it, Shivani’s powerful employers go to war with the three of them.
A literary thriller at the intersection of science, belief and mass media, Malcharist is a globe-traveling debut about lonely jobs, the seduction of brain chemistry narratives in an age of industrial polypharmacy, and the troubling rise of indiscriminate violence in our time.
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Paul John Scott is a reporter and writer who lives in Minnesota. His work has been published in the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Details, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, Ski, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Star Tribune, and The Fargo Forum.