Jonathan Ames Wake Up, Sir!

Jun ’04
12:00 am

Jonathan Ames reads from his new novel
Wake Up, Sir!
Monday, July 26th, 8:00 PM
Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What’s Not to Love?, and My Less Than Secret Life. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for prose fiction, but as a boxer he is a loser — he had a singularly unsuccessful amateur career (0-1), fighting as “The Herring Wonder.” Mr. Ames contributes frequently to Public Radio International’s The Next Big Thing and has been on Late Show with David Letterman more than once, which is nothing to sneeze at.
What kind of book has Jonathan Ames written this time? Well, think of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, except that Wake Up, Sir! is not as good. But that’s all right — no book is as good as Don Quixote. You might also think of A Confederacy of Dunces, but there again Ames’s book falls short. I think, though, we might be pushing this humility business too far.
Wake Up, Sir! Is the story of Alan Blair, a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He’s very good at problems. He’s also quite skilled at getting into trouble. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet, a wondrously helpful fellow named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his young master
Jonathan Ames will read and sign copies of Wake Up, Sir! at the event.
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Monday, July 26th, 8:00 PM