Join us in the Community Bookstore garden to welcome Danish novelist and poet Olga Ravn and to celebrate her International Booker-shortlisted novel The Employees.
Shortlisted for the International Booker prize, the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize, and longlisted for the National Book Award in Translation. The Employees reshuffles a sci-fi voyage into a riotously original existential nightmare.
Funny and doom-drenched, The Employees chronicles the fate of the Six Thousand Ship. The human and humanoid crew members complain about their daily tasks in a series of staff reports and memos. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew becomes strangely and deeply attached to them, even as tensions boil toward mutiny, especially among the humanoids.
Olga Ravn’s prose is chilling, crackling, exhilarating, and foreboding. The Employees probes into what makes us human, while delivering a hilarious stinging critique of life governed by the logic of productivity.
Registration is required for this in-person event. We will be asking for proof of COVID vaccination at the door, and masks will be required indoors. Light refreshments will be provided in the garden, weather permitting.