Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Brit lit at BookCourt

By Meredith Deliso

It’s a British invasion at BookCourt!

Two notable cross-pond scribes will hit the Cobble Hill bookstore on Thursday for a fun night of satire and music — with a little reading thrown in.

Author Jonathan Coe’s book, “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim,” is a England-set satire about the disconnectedness of modern life.

Then Wesley Stace — the former Englishman who music lovers know by his nom de guitar, John Wesley Harding — will celebrate his new book, “Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer,” a murder mystery about a 19th-century composer who kills his wife and her lover the night before his opera premieres.

The British folk tradition figures prominently in the historical drama, so Stace might break out his guitar.

“I don’t think as an author you should feel yourself required to do a tap dance just because you can, but there is one song, ‘Little Musgrave,’ that is very pertinent to my book and would eloquently set up the scene,” said Stace.

Cheers, mate.

Wesley Stace and Jonathan Coe at Book Court [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677], March 10 at 7 pm. Free. For info, visit


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