Maxwell Neely-Cohen at BookPeople

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Debut novelist Maxwell Neely-Cohen, who has been praised for his depiction of "a teenage Gatsby" (Publishers Weekly) and much more in a kaleidoscopic world very much on the edge, and very much like our own, reads from and discusses Echo of the Boom (Rare Bird Books) with acclaimed video games writer Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2). Likely topics include the intersection between video games and literature: how games influenced them as writers, how to represent digital experiences in prose, and which literary classics they would like most to see adapted into games. Says Volume 1 Brooklyn of Echo of the Boom, "The online world plays a big part here, and there are elements that will please readers of William Gibson." Flavorwire called the book "the real thing," from "a brave, funny, articulate new voice," says Washingtonian. Musicians Catherine Naiser and Luke Kalloch of The Loblolly Boy will perform in collaboration with Max when he reads aloud from the book.

About Echo of the Boom: A dextrous novel centered around the current generation of American teenagers coming of age in a networked world highly conscious of violence and the apocalyptic, Echo of the Boom is literary fiction about the Call of Duty and The Hunger Games generation. While the narrative spans the globe and jumps in time, much of the action orbits a near-past and present Washington, D.C., as each of the four main characters wrestle with their notions of fear, power, mysticism, and the future. An unusual book, equal parts "Gossip Girl" and "Gravity's Rainbow."

About the author: Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Maxwell Neely-Cohen has been a skateboarder, DJ, military theorist, college tennis player, young adult novel editor, and independent video game producer. He lives in New York City.

Anthony Burch works for Gearbox Software, and was the lead writer on the widely acclaimed Borderlands 2. He also writes and stars in the successful Youtube series "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" with his sister Ash Burch.