December’s Statesman Selects: THE VERY PERSISTENT GAPPERS OF FRIP by George Saunders

BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman’s top recommended read for Austin. December’s pick is The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders. Saunders will join us for a very special storytime Sunday, December 6 at 2PM. Milk, juice and cookies will be served. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, December 6 to read their review of the book!

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders

George Saunders is considered one of the greatest living American storytellers, and we are beyond delighted to have him in our store with a fairy tale for all ages.

Nestled against the sea is Frip, a tiny village whose economy is based solely on goat’s milk. This presents a problem for its people since their village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures that release sheiks of joy anytime they near a goat, putting the goat off giving milk. The children of Frip must regularly trek to the fields, detach the critters and toss them into the sea. But when the gappers decide to gang up on the goats of a young woman named Capable, will the villagers run to her side? Or will they force her to endure this misfortune alone?

By the way, Gappers is illustrated by Lane Smith of Stinky Cheese Man fame. (FYI, The Stinky Cheese Man is one of our all-time favorite children’s books.)


“No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“George Saunders is a complete original. . . . There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.” -Dave Eggers

“Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.” -Junot Diaz

“Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.” -Zadie Smith



George Saunders is the author of four short story collections (including the recent New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Tenth of December), an essay collection (The Braindead Megaphone), and a children’s book. In 2006, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named a MacArthur Fellow. He teaches at Syracuse University.


Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, most recently There Is A Tribe of Kids, which is set to launch in Summer 2016. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President; John, Paul, George & Ben; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Big Plans with Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996, Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane is a four-time recipient of the New York Times‍ ’​ Best Illustrated Book award, a Carle Honor Artist for lifelong innovation in the field of children’s books, and In 2014 he received the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement award.

My Writing Education: A Timeline by George Saunders via The New Yorker

We hope you will joins us this Sunday, 12/6 at 2PM when George Saudners joins us for a VERY SPECIAL STORYTIME!

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