A Tribute to Denis Johnson
Featuring Charles Baxter, Venus DeMars, Lynette Reini-Grandell, and Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superster)
Friday, January 19, 2018, Moon Palace Books
Many gathered to elebrate the life and writing of Denis Johnson, who died on May 24, 2017. Best known for his 1992 work of fiction Jesus’ Son and his 2007 National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, Johnson was also the author many other works of fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. Charles Baxter, Venus DeMars, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Eric Lorberer, and Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superster) read excerpts from Johnson's posthumous book of stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Random House), which the author finished shortly before his death. The evening wrapped up with Venus DeMars' heart-wrenching version of Lou Reed's Heroin.