William Brewer

On his debut novel, The Red Arrow
Will Brewer Red Arrow Point Reyes Books
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 5:00pm


Sliding scale ($0-$100)

Will Brewer joins us for a celebration of his debut novel, The Red Arrow (Knopf).

The Red Arrow is hypnotic, heartbreaking, and shot through with a fierce, determined joy. William Brewer has a talent for dark comedy, and for the sort of defamiliarization that can make one feel somehow more attuned and alive. A beautiful trip through a world made new.” —Anna Wiener, author of Uncanny Valley

This launch party will take place the the bookstore. 

About The Red Arrow

A singular, cosmically charged journey through art, memory, and the ways our lives intertwine and align within the riddles of space and time.

When a once-promising young writer agrees to ghostwrite a famous physicist’s memoir, his livelihood is already in jeopardy: Plagued by debt, he’s grown distant from his wife—a successful AI designer—and is haunted by an overwhelming sense of dread he describes as “The Mist.” Then, things get worse: The physicist vanishes, leaving everything in limbo, including our narrator’s sanity.
Desperate for relief, he undergoes an experimental, psychedelic treatment and finds his world completely transformed: Joy suffuses every moment. For the first time, he understands himself in a larger, universal context, and feels his life shift, refract, and crack open to reveal his past and future alike.
Moving swiftly from a chemical spill in West Virginia to Silicon Valley, from a Brooklyn art studio to a high-speed train racing across the Italian countryside, The Red Arrow wades into the shadowy depths of the human psyche only to emerge, as if speeding through a mile-long tunnel, into a world that is so bright and wondrous, it almost feels completely new.

About William Brewer

WILLIAM BREWER is the author of I Know Your Kind, a winner of the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry series. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He lives in Oakland.

The Red Arrow: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320129
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2022

I Know Your Kind: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571314956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 5th, 2017