On Wednesday, June 27th at McNally Jackson, Brooklyn authors and long-time friends Matt Dojny and John Wray kicked off Book Boroughing’s new literary series, “Literary BFFs,” a conversation between friends about books and the writing life.
Matt Dojny’s debut The Festival of Earthly Delights (Dzanc Books) has been called “a glorious novel” by Gary Shteyngart and “large-hearted, bright-minded” by Ben Greenman.
James Wood, in The New Yorker, called John Wray’s novel, Lowboy (Picador), “exceptionally tender and acute” and called Wray, “a daring young writer.” Colson Whitehead called the book “a riveting and disturbing ride.”
Here they are talking about the impetus for Matt’s book, their time together in a band, and their attempt at 80s New Wave karaoke. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Listen in full here: