Fiction Reading by Augustus Rose - Committee on Creative Writing

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

"The Readymade Thief is my favorite kind of book: an improbable one. This novel is a map of the things Augustus Rose loves — urban exploration, secret societies, the city of Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp, very possibly the Home Alone movies — and if those things don't seem to fit together, well, that's the magic of the improbable book, and the transmutation of an author's obsessions, by energy and intellect, into something wholly new: a novel that's unexpected, uncategorizable, unputdownable."

—Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

Augustus Rose reads from his work. His debut novel, The Readymade Thief, about Marcel Duchamp, urban exploration, and the shotgun marriage of alchemy and string theory, is forthcoming from Viking Books in August 2017. His screenplay Far From Cool was a finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. He is a visiting faculty in fiction writing at the University of Chicago. 

Presented in partnership with the Committee on Creative Writing

At the Co-op


About the co-sponsor: Students at Chicago pursue creative writing within the larger context of academic study. While the purpose of the program is, above all, to give students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers, it differs from the professional, free-standing creative writing programs at other universities in seeing itself as an integral part of the university’s intellectual life, and most particularly in providing opportunities for interdisciplinary work.


Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637