The publication date for my new novel, Double Feature, is now set: 3/19/13! I worked on it a long time – long enough that I’d rather not be too specific; let’s just say it was more than one presidential administration – and in the process seriously tested the patience of most of my loved ones with my moaning and groaning. Was their suffering for a noble cause? I certainly hope you’ll think so!

Here’s some copy to give you a taste of what Double Feature is all about:

“Sam Dolan is a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film. He has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolan—a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sam’s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam’s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father. Also included in the cast of indelible characters: a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a contractor who can’t stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher; the morose producer of a true crime show; and a slouching indie film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster.

Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything—regret, resentment, dignity, moving pictures, the dead—and taking it again from the top. Against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, college campus life, contemporary Brooklyn, and upstate New York, Owen King’s epic debut novel combines propulsive storytelling with mordant wit and brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.”

And, it’s with enormous pleasure and gratitude that I share the reactions from a pair of authors for whom I have the greatest admiration, and who agreed to have an advanced look at Double Feature:

“Sharp, hilarious, and irreverent, Double Feature is not only a love-letter to cinema, but also a moving exploration of what it means to be an artist. This novel is brilliant, and Owen King is a magician.” —Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia

“Owen King’s Double Feature is an ingeniously structured novel about fathers and sons, good art and bad art, success and failure, fight or flight. It manages both to redeem and condemn the overconfidence of youth, and introduces us to a wonderfully, tragically lovable cast of characters. This is terrific book.” —Tom Bissell, author of God Lives in St. Petersburg and Magic Hours

Over the next two or three months I’ll be posting information here about bookstore and conference appearances, giveaways, and anything else that comes up. In the meantime, if you’re interested in pre-ordering the book, you can do that at Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, or Amazon.

Owen King

P.S. Here’s a list of my events. Check back to see if I’m coming to eat nachos in your town!

3/19 – Book Release Party/Reading/Signing/Seance at the Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY – time TBD

3/26 – Reading/Signing at Newtonville Books with Amity Gaige (author of Schroder and The Folded World), Newton, MA – 7pm

3/27 Reading/Signing at RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH – 7pm

3/28 Reading/Signing at Longfellow Books, Portland, ME – 7pm

4/5 – Reading/Signing at Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz, NY – 7pm

4/6 – Reading/Signing at Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY – 7pm