Tom Perrotta’s Good Timing

If your schedule is free on Sept. 23 and you happen to be in Hartford, Conn., it’d only make sense to attend the fundraiser to help save the Mark Twain House. There’s a pretty good lineup of readers and speakers: The event is led by Jon Clinch, author of Finn (reviewed here), and he’s joined by Stewart O’Nan, Arthur Phillips, Tom Perrotta, and more.

Perrotta, plugging the event in the Boston Globe, figures this week’s political foofaraw over teen pregnancy might help the paperback release of his most recent novel, The Abstinence Teacher (reviewed here). “Everyone’s talking about abstinence,” he says. “It’s like free advertising.” Maybe so: As of this writing the book is #14 on Amazon’s bargain-books list.

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