Tuesday, June 4th, 7PM
John Glynn discusses his new memoir, OUT EAST, with literary agent Iris Blasi
A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house–a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family. They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight, the house’s octagonal roof resembled a bee’s nest. It was dubbed The Hive. In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn’t understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark. OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John’s own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond. Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt’s THE BIG HOUSE, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang’s THE LONELY CITY, OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.
Iris Blasi is a literary agent with the Carol Mann Agency. During her fifteen-year publishing career, she has held editorial and marketing positions at companies such as Random House, Pegasus Books, and Union Square Press, working on best-selling and award-winning books by authors including Lawrence Block, Rachel Carson, Erica Jong, Ira Levin, Alexandra Silber, Jerry Stahl, Gloria Steinem, and Fay Weldon. Her writing on books, news, and culture has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Dow Jones Newswire, Publishers Weekly, Book Page, The Forward, Bitch, Bust, and more.