Statesman Selects: Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

We’re happy to announce that the Statesman Selects pick for October is Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. Darnielle is the singer-songwriter behind indie-rock favorite The Mountain Goats and is considered to be one of our greatest modern lyricists. (One BookPeople staffer’s personal favorite MG lyric: “I was having visions of sugar pastry cooked up in clarified butter.”) You can barely walk into the store without your eyes falling on the busy, zig-zaggy blue and white cover of this book. We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to bring John Darnielle to BookPeople on Monday, October 6. Darnielle will be in conversation with the Statesman’s Joe Gross. Be sure to read the Statesman’s review of Wolf in White Van in the Sunday, October 5th edition of the paper.

Bookseller Love for Wolf in White Van

“Darnielle explores the savage possibility of every moment by constructing a world, whose residents are primal, irresponsible, kind, and forgiving in equal measure.”
Steve(n), from his review on the BookPeople Blog

Author Love for Wolf in White Van:

Wolf in White Van “…is John Darnielle’s savage genius gone free range. A meditation on monstrosity, isolation, escape, and transformation, this trance of a novel lures us deep into the labyrinth of one young man’s imagination. What we find there is alluring and feral, raw, unflinching and exquisite. Absolutely f-ing brilliant.” —Claire Vaye Watkins, author of “Battleborn”

“John Darnielle’s novel moves through the mind like a dark-windowed car through a sleepy neighborhood: quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” –Daniel Handler

Mountain Goats Lyrics of Note: 

“Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania
Trucks loaded down with weapons
Crossing over every night
Moon yellow and bright
There is a shortage in the blood supply
But there is no shortage of blood
The way I feel about you baby can’t explain it”
–International Small Arms Traffic Blues
“I played video games in a drunken haze
I was 17 years young
hurt my knuckles punching the machines
the taste of scotch rich on my tongue
And then Cathy showed up
and we hung out
trading swigs from a bottle
all bitter and clean
locking eyes
holding hands
twin high maintenance machines”
–This Year

John Darnielle will speak about and sign Wolf in White Van here at BookPeople on Monday, October 6 at 7pm. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Wolf in White Van from BookPeople.

Can’t make it to the event? You can pre-order signed copies of Wolf in White Van via We ship worldwide.  

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