• Nina Subin

Joshua Ferris will be at Borders in Lincoln Park on Monday, February 1, to read from his new novel, The Unnamed. (Granta has an excerpt online).

Ferris did some time in Chicago as an ad copy writer; a native of downstate Danville, also hometown of such entertainment luminaries as Dick Van Dyke and Bobby Short, he now of course lives in Brooklyn. His refined, clever, and funny debut novel, Then We Came to the End, set in a Chicago ad agency and written mainly in the first-person plural (the gossipy, self-involved employees a collective “we” as narrator), was a big hit and was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

After loving Then We Came to the End, I expected to love The Unnamed. But I didn’t.