Kino has been selected by Design Observer as one of the winners of their annual Fifty Books / Fifty Covers awards, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books. Kino’s cover was designed by Jamie Keenan. Here’s the L.A. Times on 50 books/50 covers.
Just in time for its one-year anniversary, Anna March reviewed Kino for The Rumpus:
For that whole year, I’ve been watching Kino on the hectic movie screen in my mind. I imagine it will always flicker there, for this exquisitely constructed novel endures… Read it.
Read Anna’s review.
We couldn’t be more excited: Berlin publisher Horlemann is going to release the German edition of Kino in the Spring of 2014. Jürgen will translate the book into his native language himself.
The Fall 2012 issue of Los Angeles Review featured a review of Kino by Joe Ponepinto:
The pleasure of reading the work of an author who is completely immersed in the time and place of his fictional world is, unfortunately, rare. The chapters in Kino drawn from the title character’s journal are an example of writing that thrills not only by subject and characterization, but also by its sheer passion… The forays into Kino’s world of the 1920s, and the repercussions of his art eighty-plus years later, make this debut novel a winner.
You can read the entire review by downloading this pdf file.
As a part of the F.W. Murnau Foundation’s new series “Film trifft Buch” (Movie Meets Book), I will read from Kino, followed by a conversation with me and Andrea Wink and a screening of Helmut Käutner’s 1945 film Under the Bridges, on February 1.
The F.W. Murnau Foundation, located in Wiesbaden, preserves and restores Germany’s film heritage, and I’m thrilled to be presenting Kino in their beautiful new theater, followed by one of my favorite German films.
For details, please see the Murnau Foundation’s site, a pdf of their program, or the event’s Facebook page.
“The Death Bird,” an excerpt from Kino, appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), alongside authors such as George Saunders, Marcy Dermansky, Angela Ball, Meg Pokrass, and Bobbie Ann Mason.
We arrived at Ufa-Palast am Zoo in a dreamy state to see Murnau’s vampire movie. How can I describe it to someone whose eyes have been sullied by decades of trivial images dancing by on TV screens? You’ll never understand the rapture, the horror, the euphoric bliss I felt at the sheer visual surprise. With each passing moment, with every new shot on the screen, waves of pleasure rolled through me.
Read “The Death Bird.”