Brian Slattery is the arts editor for the New Haven Independent and a musician who plays a variety of instruments across a variety of styles. He's also written four published novels. Three of them are a peculiar brand of surreal science fiction that, to this day, he struggles to describe to people who ask him what they're about. One of them is a multigenerational crime saga based in Cleveland and Eastern Europe. His tastes as a reader are essentially inchoate, as he reads nonfiction, a few different flavors of fiction, and graphic novels with equal abandon. The graphic novel Black Hole by Charles Burns is one of his favorite books, period; Frontiers by Noel Mostert, a history of the Xhosa people in South Africa, made him cry; and Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler is the most recent book that truly blew his mind.
Brian has appeared on Book Talk on the following episodes: