T. C. Boyle fans who braved the rainy weather to see him speak at Headquarters Thursday night were rewarded with an entertaining evening. Boyle has published 13 novels and many short stories. He is known for his creative imagination and slightly off-kilter perspective. Using actual events for the framework of many of his novels, Boyle invents characters and situations to examine controversial issues.
His latest novel "When the Killing's Done" is a good example of this technique. Boyle told the audience about both the real events that inspired the novel and the unrelated details from his personal life that he used to enhance the story. "When the Killing's Done" illustrates a conflict between ecologists and animal rights activists over the question of eradicating invasive species on the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California. One member of the audience congratulated Boyle on the way his novels present all sides of an issue. This novel is no exception.
In addition to speaking about "When the Killing's Done," Boyle treated the crowd to a preview of one of his new short stories. In addition to being a great writer, Boyle is a talented performer. With his enthusiasm and ease in front of an audience, Boyle made this appearance a real pleasure. You can see photos from the event on the library's Flickr page.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters