Daniel Alarcï¿½n is the author of At Night We Walk in Circles, which was a finalist for the 2014 PEN-Faulkner Award, as well as the story collection War by Candlelight and the novel Lost City Radio. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Granta, n+1, and Harpers, and in 2010, he was named one of the New Yorker's "20 under 40." He is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, and teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. His new story collection, The King Is Always Above the People, will be available October 2017.
Sheila Alvarado is an artist, illustrator, and author. She lives in Lima, Peru.
Praise for City of Clowns
"The tale takes on a breathtaking new dimension... Dynamic...
[A] haunted atmosphere permeates every page. Alvarado renders
Alarcï¿½n's source material in stark black and white, a scratchy
yet refined style that's full of deep shadows and woodcut-like
crosshatching. But it's her composition that truly brings City
of Clowns to life. Rather than relying on a typical comic-book
grid, Alvarado employs an inventive architecture of panels; some
float in fields of negative space, while others are framed as
bricks in a wall or sheets drying on a line. At certain points, she
abandons panels altogether in favor of a more flowing,
expressionist layout. Even her most daring experiments in form,
though, succeed in thoughtfully conveying the pensive tone and
subtext of Alarcï¿½n's meditation on guilt, regret, and forgiveness
-- and sometimes the gut-punching lack thereof."
"Sheila Alvarado lends visual brilliance to Alarcon's
"The story of Chino and his father is told in equal parts
narration and flashback, with simple, black and white illustrations
by Sheila Alvarado that complement Alarcï¿½n's understated yet
poignant prose . . . Alarcï¿½n writes in simple, conversational
language that makes for an easy read while also evoking a sense of
intimacy, that quality more often associated with memoirs than
fiction. It's that very directness that Alarcï¿½n employs to great
effect; reading City of Clowns I had the sense that I was being
made privy to a story at once profoundly personal and also
"This graphic-novel adaptation strips the original short
story to its essential elements but loses none of the rawness or
tension. In stark black and white, Alvarado's illustrations
intensify the sentiment of the text through visual interpretations
ranging from literal to purely fantastical. Frequently stunning in
their clarity and economy, the illustrations give this already
complex story an added layer of richness and depth. Darkly
satisfying but with no easy endings."
Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles
"Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced
--The New York Times Book Review
"Consistently compelling . . . Alarcï¿½n's smoothly polished
prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . .
. with lines that knock the wind out of you."
--The Washington Post
"Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world
and invites you to enter it."
--Los Angeles Times
"Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and
astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited
to bring Alarcï¿½n's tremendous talent to a wider audience."
--The Miami Herald
"Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle."
--The Boston Globe