Oakland - Geoff Dyer discusses and signs "Another Great Day at Sea"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes author Geoff Dyer to the store to discuss and sign three new books, Another Great Day at Sea, The Colour of Memory, and The Search on Thursday, June 5th at 7pm.
This is the summer of Geoff Dyer, which will see the release of a new book and the first U.S. publication of his first two.
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush is Dyer's chronicle of life aboard the one of the biggest aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy and in the world. From the elaborate choreography of the flight deck to the "Steel Beach Party," from meeting the Captain to experiencing a man-overboard alert, the lanky Englishman guides readers through the most acronym intensive environment imaginable. In recording the daily life of the some five thousand crew members aboard the ship, Dyer illuminates a society where discipline, conformity, dedication and optimism become a form of self-expression.
The Colour of Memory, originally published in the U.K. in 1989 and revised for the 2014 U.S. release, is a fictional memoir that tells the story of six friends plotting a nomadic course through their mid-twenties, scratching out an existence in near-destitute conditions in 1980s South London. They while away their hours drinking cheap beer, landing jobs and quickly squandering them, smoking weed, dodging muggings, listening to Coltrane, finding and losing a facsimile of love, collecting unemployment, and discussing politics in the way of the besotted young.
In Dyer’s second novel The Search, published originally in 1993, Walker meets Rachel at a glamorous party by the bay. When she turns up at his apartment two days later, there is a hint of erotic promise in the air. But it isn’t Walker she wants, at least not yet. Her husband has gone missing, and she wants Walker to find him. So begins Walker’s quest across the vast landscape of an imaginary mid-America that begins subtly to morph into something stranger. As Walker’s search intensifies it soon seems that somebody else is searching for him.