Mark Swartz to Read from H2O,
His New Eco-Noir Novel set in Chicago.
Center for Neighborhood Technology?s Bill Eyring to Introduce the Reading
Friday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Quimby?s (1854 W. North Avenue, Chicago)
Mark Swartz\\\’s new novel H2O is set in Chicago in the year 2020. With the entire world facing a dire shortage of drinkable water, filters and drains engineer Hayden Shivers stumbles upon a method for synthesizing fake water, but the new product may not be the miracle it?s cracked up to be.
??? H2O has its own trailer at http://www.softskull.com/files/h20_trailer.swf ???
?Swartz\\\’s shrewd, jittery, and noirishly atmospheric speculative tale about a bumbling antihero and dire environmental trauma brings an irreverent and parrying voice to ecofiction and casts a fractured light on follies petty and catastrophic.?
?Donna Seaman, Booklist
Mark Swartz?s second novel, the noirish eco-satire H2O, makes Davis Guggenheim?s film An Inconvenient Truth look like a feel-good summer romance?[ H2O is] a fast, fun, ominous read.?
?Time Out New York
?A short, sharp shock–a jab to the eyeball and brain, H2O by Mark Swartz is as telling commentary on our society now as Don DeLillo?s White Noise was in its time. Savagely precise, clever but not shallow, Swartz\\\’s writing lacerates even as it\\\’s deeply, disturbingly funny.?
Mark Swartz is the author of Instant Karma (City Lights, 2002). His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, The Believer, Bomb, Bookforum, Chicago Reader, and other publications. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife and daughter.
Bill Eyring is a Senior Engineer of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), an organization dedicated to showing urban communities locally and all across the country how to develop more sustainably. Bill manages CNT?s green infastructure projects that focus on managing stormwater naturally, reducing flooding risk, and improving water quality. More information at