This October, we are excited to have widely acclaimed author Benjamin Percy as a presenter at our festival. His works include a wide range of genres and styles, having published novels, short story collections, a writing craft book, screenplays, and even comic books. His most recent work is a cyber-thriller novel titled The Dark Net, which has received rave reviews from people everywhere.
Percy has received a great number of awards and honors over the years, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. Percy is also a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild, having sold scripts to FOX and Starz.
Both his fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio and performed at Symphony Space. Additionally, his work has been published in places like Esquire, GQ, Tin House, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Time, Men’s Journal, and many more.
Between all of his writing projects as well as being a husband and father, one might wonder how Percy does it. When asked in an interview about how he juggles such an immense writing output, he stated, “My superpower is this: deep focus. I’d make a lame addition to the X-Men, but it’s served me well as a writer. I can lose myself in a story and completely detach from reality for many hours at a time. Ideally I’m working on one project for days at a time, but that’s not always possible. If I am jumping from a novel to a screenplay in a single day, then I need a mental reset in between them, so I’ll go for a walk or run a few errands before returning to the keyboard… Too many projects and not enough hours in the day. But at the same time: I’m not allowed to whine. I’m incredibly lucky—and I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun.”
Percy will be presenting at two events during the Fox Cities Book Festival this fall. On October 11 at 1:30 pm, come to hear him talk about comic book writing at the Kaukauna Public Library. Then, at 6:30 pm that same day, head to the Little Chute Public Library to hear him speak about his latest book, The Dark Net.