Recommended Reading: “Bartók’s Monster”

By Brian Potter on October 7, 2013
Bela Bartok

If you're free on Tuesday, October 15, don't miss noted author and friend of PCMS Jay Kirk as he reads from Bartók's Monster his latest story from the October issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Bartók's Monster follows the author's travels through Transylvania as he traces the composer's footsteps through some of the same villages where he went to record folk music. Ostensibly an investigation into the missing autograph MS of Bartók's Third String Quartet, Jay's piece is a fantastic read–a genre-bending account of a trip to Transylvania gone terribly wrong.

The reading takes place at 6 pm at the Kelly Writer's House Arts Café (3805 Locust Walk, on the Penn campus), and I hope to see you there.

Jay Kirk is the author of Kingdom Under Glass (Picador, 2011), which was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2010 by the Washington Post. His award-winning nonfiction has been published in Harper’sGQThe New York Times Magazine, and anthologized in Best American Crime WritingBest American Travel Writing, and Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the First Person from Harper’s Magazine. He was a 2013 National Magazine Award Finalist, and a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.