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The New Venetian Halloween Carnival: With Special Guest Jean-Christophe Valtat

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:00pm

Break out your best petticoat and your most festive cravat, dust off your dirigible piloting trophies and crack open a tin of your favorite mustache wax: Melville House is throwing a steampunk-themed Halloween party at Housing Works Bookstore this year. Join authors, musicians, and every single pair of old-timey goggles this city can muster for a take on steampunk that’ll have the ghost of Verne grinning.

Expect: costume contests, silent cinema, dramatic readings of Verne, and of course, most importantly, towers of creaking, steaming literature.

The costume contest will be judged by Katherine Gleason, author of Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism, and Noam Berg, designer, musician, and contributor to the book.

JEAN CHRISTOPHE VALTAT was born in 1968. Educated in the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne, he lives in Paris and teaches Comparative Literature. He is the author of two novels set in New Venice—Aurorarama and Luminous Chaos. He also has written a book of short stories, Album, the novels, Exes, and 03 (published in English by FSG), as well as award-winning radio-plays and a movie Augustine (2003), which he also co-directed.

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