An uproarious evening of readings and discussion with Jonathan Ames, Shelia Heti and more
To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the journal called “a key barometer of the literary climate” by The New York Times, The Best of McSweeney’s, edited by Dave Eggers, is a comprehensive collection of the most remarkable work from a remarkable magazine.
Join some its notable contributors for an uproarious evening of readings and discussion in celebration of its publication.
Drawing on the full range of the journal thus far—from the very earliest volumes to the groundbreaking, Chris Ware–edited graphic novel issue to its most popular project yet, the full-on Sunday-newspaper issue known as San Francisco Panorama, The Best of McSweeney’s is an essential retrospective of recent literary history. With full-color contributions from some of the pioneering artists and illustrators featured in its pages over the years (Marcel Dzama, Art Spiegelman and many more) and a breathtaking array of first-rate fiction (and some incredible nonfiction, too), this is a book to be pored over, and lasting proof that the contemporary short story is as vital as ever.
McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T. Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T. C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.