Scott Guild will sign "Plastic"

What: Scott Guild will discuss and sign Plastic

When: Sunday, February 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111

About: Scott Guild, UNL alum and songwriter & lead guitarist for the new wave band New Collisions, will discuss and sign Plastic.

Erin is a plastic girl living in a plastic world. Every day she eats a breakfast of boiled chicken, then conveys her articulated body to Tablet Town, where she sells other figurines, Smartbodies: wearable tech that allows full, physical immersion in a virtual world, a refuge from real life’s brutal wars, oppressive governmental monitoring, and omnipresent eco-terrorist insurgency. An attack at her place of work brings Erin another too-intimate experience, but it also brings her Jacob: a blind figurine whom she comforts in the aftermath, and with whom she feels an almost instant connection. For the first time in years, Erin begins to experience hope. Exploring the wild wonders of the virtual reality landscape together, it seems that possibly, slowly, Erin and Jacob may have a chance at healing from their trauma. But then secrets from Erin’s family’s past begin to invade her carefully constructed reality, and cracks in the facade she’s constructed around her life threaten to reveal everything vulnerable beneath. Scott Guild’s debut novel is an achingly beautiful, disarmingly welcoming, and fabulously inventive look at the hollow core of modern American society—and a guide to how we might reanimate all its broken plastic pieces.

Scott Guild received his​ MFA from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin, and his PhD in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He served for years as assistant director of Pen City Writers, a prison writing initiative for incarcerated students. He is currently an assistant professor at Marian University in Indianapolis, where he teaches literature and creative writing. Before his degrees, Scott was the songwriter and lead guitarist for the new wave band New Collisions, which toured with the B-52s and opened for Blondie.

Event date: 

Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 2:00pm
Plastic: A Novel By Scott Guild Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593316764
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Pantheon - February 13th, 2024

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