AOT #258: Benjamin Hale Podcasts The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
A Colorado native, now living in New York, Benjamin Hale is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received a Provost’s Fellowship to complete his novel, which went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. He has been a night shift baker, a security guard, a trompe l’oeil painter, a pizza deliverer, a cartoonist, an illustrator and a technical writer. Hale reads from and discusses his critically acclaimed debut novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Bruno is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Like its protagonist, this novel is big, loud, abrasive, witty, perverse, earnest and amazingly accomplished. This novel goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human-to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.
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