Fantasy Camp

It speaks of Lev Grossman's savvy as a journalist, as well as an author, that his new book, The Magicians, stands on the shoulders of J.K. Rowling. After all, writing a novel that's being billed as a grown-up Harry Potter guarantees a certain level of media attention - not that Grossman suffers from lack of exposure, seeing as how his last release, 2004's bibliophile thriller Codex, was a bestseller and he remains a ubiquitous blogger and book reviewer for Time.

Calculation aside, Grossman has dived into fantasy literature with a gusto that makes most lifelong practitioners of the genre look like pretenders: The Magicians follows the spellbinding fantasy and moral murk surrounding Quentin Coldwater, a young wizard educated at a university for mages in upstate New York (called Brakebills, not Hogwarts). But after returning to the real world, his super power threatens to become his own Kryptonite - until he discovers that the setting of his favorite childhood fantasy novel is a real place, one that he must journey to in an attempt to bring sense to his own life. As a meta-genre meditation, The Magicians is stunning, but Grossman also cuts to the heart of fantasy — as both a thing to read and a way to live — and ponders what the nature of escapism might ultimately be.

Grossman will be at the Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue tonight at 7:30 p.m. to discuss and sign The Magicians. For more information, call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Mon., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2009

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jason Heller
Contact: Jason Heller

Latest Stories