92Y: David Mitchell presents "Utopia Avenue," with David Byrne

July 14, 2020, 6:00 PM

David Mitchell presents his new novel, Utopia Avenue, in conversation with David Byrne. This is a 92Y program, with books provided by Community Bookstore.

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The long-awaited new novel from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on a meteoric journey from the seedy clubs of Soho, a TV debut on Top of the Pops, the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel, Laurel Canyon, and San Francisco during the autumn of ’68.

David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

DAVID MITCHELL is the bestselling author of Slade House, The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, number9dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell translated from the Japanese the autism memoirs The Reason I Jump and Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida. His screenwriting co-credits include Netflix’s Sense8 and the fourth Matrix film.  He lives in West Cork, Ireland.

DAVID BYRNE works in a variety of mediums. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, he grew up in North America and was educated at art schools in Maryland and Rhode Island. Since leaving the Talking Heads, the band he co-founded in the 1970’s, Byrne has released nine solo studio albums, most recently American Utopia (2018) which led to a sold out Broadway show. David Byrne has been honored with an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy awards, along with Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Theatre World awards for his musical Here Lies Love. He is also the founder of Arbutus Foundation and the solutions journalism magazine Reasons To Be Cheerful.