Peter Coviello - "Long Players" - Jessica Hopper

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Pete Coviello

“Long Players is a beautiful book. Deeply personal and yet entirely universal, this memoir is a sort of travelogue through the landscape of a broken heart. I found familiarity in these pages, along with grieving and hope. Peter Coviello is a writer of great humanity, talent, and honesty.”  —Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic

“A searing, unflinching, self-indicting daybook of one man’s climb down far-flung caverns of personal loss & self-searching into a new understanding of his place in the world: the sort of journey, Coviello suggests, that the music accompanying us along the way is always teaching us to take, if and when we become truly willing to listen.”  —John Darnielle, bestselling author of Universal Harvester and primary member of The Mountain Goats

Pete Coviello discusses Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs. He will be joined in conversation with Jessica Hopper. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: A story of heartbreak, stepparenthood, and the limitless grace of pop songs, Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs is a memoir about our many interwoven ways of falling in love: with books, bands and records, with friends and lovers, and with the families we make. We follow Coviello through his happy marriage, his unforeseen divorce, and his fumbling postmarital forays into sex and romance. How do these three go on improvising a sort of world for one another? In the teeth of so much heartbreak, uncertainty and grown-up sorrow, how do they reinvent the love that held them together? And why does it seem so often that, whatever new form that love will take, songs will be at the center?

About the author: Peter Coviello has written about Walt Whitman, Mormon polygamy, Steely Dan, the history of sexuality, queer children, American literature, stepparenthood, and Prince. This work has appeared in The Believer, Frieze, Avidly, Raritan, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in several books. In 2017–18, he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He lives in Chicago.

About the interlocutor: Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. She was formerly the Editorial Director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Her book The Girls' Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.


Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstores
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615