Come celebrate the publication of SHOPPING MALL (Bloomsbury), Matthew Newton’s debut nonfiction book that takes readers on a journey at once personal and cultural, architectural and fictive, exploring the quotidian marvels as well as the seedy underbelly of this paradigmatic site, the mall. Newton will read a brief excerpt from his book, followed by a conversation and light refreshments.
The mall near Matthew Newton’s childhood home in Pittsburgh was one of the state’s first enclosed shopping malls. Like all malls in their heyday, this one was a climate-controlled pleasuredome where strangers converged. It also became the backdrop for filmmaker George A. Romero’s zombie opus Dawn of the Dead. Part memoir and part case study, SHOPPING MALL examines the modern mythology of the mall and shows that, more than a collection of stores, it is a place of curiosity, ritual, and fantasy.