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Dead Souls: Sam Riviere in Conversation with Lucy Mercer

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7 June 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm BST


Join us when we welcome Sam Riviere to read from and discuss his acclaimed debut novel, DEAD SOULS, with Lucy Mercer. The event will be streaming via Instagram Live.

‘I first heard about Solomon Wiese on a bright, blustery day on the South Bank…’

Later that evening, at the bar of the Travelodge near Waterloo Bridge, our unnamed narrator will encounter that very same Solomon Wiese.

In a conversation that lasts until morning, he will hear Solomon Wiese’s story of his spectacular fall from grace.

A story about a scandal that has shaken the literary world and an accusation of serial plagiarism.

A story about childhood encounters with nothingness and a friend’s descent into psychosis; about conspiracies and poetry cults; about a love affair with a woman carrying a signpost and the death of an old poet.

A story about a retreat to the East Anglian countryside and plans for a triumphant return to the capital, through the theft of poems, illegal war profits and faked social media accounts – plans in which our unnamed narrator discovers he is obscurely implicated…

A story that will take the entire night – and the remainder of the novel – to tell.

Sam Riviere is the author of the poetry books 81 Austerities (2012), Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015), and After Fame (2020), all published by Faber & Faber, as well as numerous limited-edition titles. Born in Norwich, he currently lives in Edinburgh, where he runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press. DEAD SOULS is his first novel, and is published by W&N in the U.K. and Catapult in the U.S.A.

Lucy Mercer‘s debut poetry collection, EMBLEM, is forthcoming from Prototype in 2022. She lives in London.

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