Join NPR contributor and POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR panelist Glen Weldon at WORD Bookstore on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM for the launch of his new book, which explores the intersection of Batman and nerd culture.
At once a deep dive into the character’s history and an analysis of how and why Batman has become the focus of a passionate and occasionally toxic breed of nerdery, THE CAPED CRUSADE offers Batman as a lens through which to examine The Way We Nerd Now.
Glen Weldon has been a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a movie usher, a PR flack, a spectacularly inept marine biologist, and a slightly-better-than-ept competitive swimmer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, and many other places. He is a panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and reviews books and comic books for NPR.org. The author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography and The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, he lives in Washington, DC.
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.
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