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Monday, May 5, 2014

Fridays at Enrico's: A Tribute to Don Carpenter

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Counterpoint Press recently published Don Carpenter's Fridays at Enrico's, a novel he left unfinished when he committed suicide in 1995.

The incomplete manuscript was discovered several years after his death and finished by Jonathan Lethem, whose afterword about finishing the book can be read at The Paris Review.

Carpenter wrote more than a dozen works that were praised by peers and critics (including Hard Rain Falling), but he never became commercially successful and supported himself writing for Hollywood. He was born in Berkeley and was friends with a lot of Bay Area poets, and especially Richard Brautigan. When Brautigan killed himself, Carpenter tried for some time to write his biography, but eventually abandoned that in favor of writing Friday at Enrico's.

In honor of the book, Counterpoint partnered with City Lights to host a tribute panel at the Book Club of California this Tuesday.

Peter Coyote, Curt Gentry, Louis B. Jones, Anne Lamott, and Jane Vandenburgh are all coming together to discuss Carpenter's life and works -- it should make for a fascinating conversation.

Somewhat outrageously, the event is free, but an RSVP is required. Sign up at the front counter of City Lights, by calling 415-362-8193, or send an e-mail to with your name and number in attendance. Attendance is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

Fridays at Enrico's: A Tribute to Don Carpenter is Tuesday, May 6 at The Book Club of California (312 Sutter St., Suite 500), 7 p.m. Free.

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