Bookswap with Elizabeth McKenzie

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Spring is almost sprung: This March, we have invited local author Elizabeth McKenzie to kick it off with us! Elizabeth's latest novel, The Portable Veblen is an exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values, and a very charismatic squirrel.


+++ Bring an eccentric comedy. As long as you love it, bring it to Bookswap. You'll talk about it in groups and hear about the books that other people brought. We'll drink a bunch of free wine and beer and get to know our guest author. At the end, we'll have a big, rowdy, white elephant swap, and you'll leave with a new favorite (or ten).


>>> Tickets are $10 and MUST BE purchased in advance. They do sell out! You can purchase them HERE.


**** Admission includes an open bar, including coffee by Ritual Roastersswag, and 20% off everything you buy that night.





“Riotous …A delightfully knotty synthesis of psychological study, philosophical inquiry, romantic page-turner, and economic critique.” Electric Literature


“A wild ride that you will not want to miss… rambunctious and sober, hilarious and morbid, [with] strong echoes of Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut…This unforgettable novel offers a heartfelt and sincere investigation into the paradoxical nature of love, familial as well as romantic.” —Elizabeth Rosner, San Francisco Chronicle


“A winning satire of contemporary mores…McKenzie has written a funny, deeply critical book with the heart of a cynic and the texture of a soufflé.” Boston Globe


“In scalpel-sharp prose, The Portable Veblen's gleefully perverse narrator seduces us with the story of a charming young woman soon to wed a handsome doctor. But strange shadows flicker just off the page and then begin to bleed into the story of the romance. The ethics of parenting, the disasters of war, corporate greed, the essential meanings of translation and invention, and the sacrifices of self to wedlock: these are some of the themes that surface in this extraordinary book. Oh, and also--what really is the soul of a squirrel? I was knocked out, giddily so, by The Portable Veblen.” — Nelly Reifler, author of Elect H. Mouse State Judge and See Through


“Offbeat and winning...(Veblen) is one of the best characters of the year. McKenzie's funny, lively, addictive novel is sure to be a standout.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)







Elizabeth McKenzie’s latest novel is The Portable Veblen, named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus, Elle, and BookPage. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and a longlist finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. She is also the author of MacGregor Tells the World, Stop That Girl, and editor of My Postwar Life.







"Think cocktail party, with a bookish twist." - Litquake


"An idea every Independent Bookstore should steal." - Conversational Reading


"...embodies the spirit both of innovation and community..." - The Examiner





RSVP appreciated! If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of The Portable Veblen, please order below and put your request in the comments field.





The Portable Veblen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

MacGregor Tells the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400062256
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2007

Stop That Girl: Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812972283
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - April 11th, 2006