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note to madisonians: author reading

On Sunday afternoon, David J. Schwartz will be reading from his new novel, Superpowers, at A Room Of One's Own bookstore.  This is cause for local excitement because Superpowers is set in Madison, and even apart from the many other rewards and pleasures of reading this fine book, it is thrilling to see our fair city finally get its own superhero team...

Here's a thoughtful review of the book, and here's a Bookslut interview with Dave.  Hope to see you all at the reading!


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dave schwartz on bookslut

Bookslut features an interview this month with David Schwartz about his new novel, Superpowers:

You once had a Scooby-Doo air freshener in your car. Why didn’t the Scooby gang have super powers? Was it Hanna-Barbera’s lack of imagination?

Wait, the Scooby gang didn’t have powers? I mean, not everyone, obviously. Fred and Daphne had nothing going for them but their neckwear. But Velma is a genius, at least, and very possibly some sort of psychic. She even has a super-hero weakness: nearsightedness is her kryptonite. Shaggy’s superpower, on the other hand, is just eating, and possibly cross-dressing. Which raises lots of possibilities for an alternate Galactus. But what about Scooby? He’s a talking Great Dane. I can’t understand how you missed that. Granted, he has a speech impediment, but then so does Sylvester the Cat, and I don’t see anyone suggesting that he’s not a super-villain.

I was going to quote a really good and more serious paragraph where Dave talks about powers and costumes in his book, but I'm too amused at the thought of Shaggy as alt-Galactus. Also answered in this interview: why the book is set in Madison. (yay!)
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superpowers

My buddy David Schwartz's novel Superpowers was released in the U.K. this week.  There are four more days until it comes out in the US, but I'm excited about it now, so I'm going to direct you to Niall Harrison's astute review

I will add only three remarks: first, this is a beautifully written novel that managed to give me a specific type of reading pleasure I usually only get from superhero comic books, which, considering how much I love me a good superhero comic book, was a wonderful surprise.  The second thing I would like to point out about this book is that it takes place in Madison, Wisconsin, down the road from where I live.  I have become sufficiently Madisonian to feel thrilled about this.  The third thing: David Schwartz has put together a story that takes us from a place of hopeful optimism and open possibility, through an awareness of the limitations of that starry-eyed idealism in coping with everyday human problems, and ultimately to a post-9/11 sense of helplessness and reassessment of the uses of power in the face of the complex evils that actually lurk in the hearts of men, including our own.  Along the way we get fun real-world characters with superpowers -- superpowers, people! -- and it's a damn good read.  Go get it.