Reading by Tom Drury, English Theater Berlin

Tom Drury, currently the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow at the American Academy Berlin, read from his 2006 novel The Driftless Area as part of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series.  Felicitas von Lovenberg moderated the session and Helmut Mooshammer read from the German translation Das Stille Land, just published by Klett-Cotta in Germany.  Tom Drury took the audience on a journey to Idaho, the “driftless area” in the mountainous northwest of the United States, and followed his protagonist  Pierre Hunter, “a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble” (goodreads).  As the Austin Chronicle’sreview pointed out, “There’s some serious weirdness going on here, but it isn’t of an overpowering sort” – and makes readers and listeners curious.