Altered Ego

While we go about our day-to-day lives, some folks slink from bender to bender. Novelist Dan Fante used to be one of these people. But rather than tuck his past into the comfy confines of a closet, his skeletons dance via his literary alter ego, Bruno Dante. In Fante’s latest opus, 86'd, the hard-living Bruno spirals downward while tackling personal demons between tedious telemarketing gigs and blackouts. The prose is blunt, harsh, and as enthralling as his father's (screenwriter John Fante) and Charles Bukowski, his father's No. 1 advocate.

Fante signs 86'd, then opens the floor for questions at Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Thu., Oct. 1, 7 p.m., 2009
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