Karl Geary, a member of the Desmond Elliott Prize Class of 2017 with his longlisted novel Montpelier Parade, enjoyed a pre-launch party at the Scratcher in New York’s East Village last week.The publisher is Catapult, founded just two years ago by Elizabeth Koch as not just a publishing house but “a publishing place”. Check out the Catapult Extra pages of its website and you get the idea.
Geary publishes in August and comes to Catapult as a scriptwriter (Coney Island Baby), actor (Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall) and film director (Dorothy Parker’s short story You Were Perfectly Fine). He also co-owns the Scratcher and Sin-é, two well-known downtown music venues with a distinctly Irish accent. Born in Dublin, he lived for many years in New York and now makes his home in Glasgow.
Said his editor, Jonathan Lee: “Montpelier Parade is a really powerful debut novel, full of charm and wit and risk, and it was great to get so many writers and members of the press together at Karl’s bar, the Scratcher, to celebrate and build anticipation for the book’s US release on August 22. Lots of great things have already happened for this debut novel. Téa Obreht calls it a “groundbreaking debut”, the Irish Times says it’s “a masterpiece,” The Guardian and pretty much every other UK newspaper has raved over the UK edition, and rights have been sold in a dozen languages and counting by Karl’s agent Anna Stein. Andy Hunter, Pat Strachan and I are thrilled to be publishing Karl at Catapult.”