BEYOND THE BOOK is a project that showcases HarperCollins authors who are also musicians. Each specialized program includes original music and insight from the authors. It is a unique way to get the feel for the novels and a sense of who the authors are.
Each program can be downloaded for free on Soundcloud.
Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.
"Encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King, and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in." —The Guardian
"Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I'm packing up and moving to Night Vale!" —Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
"There is nothing like Night Vale, in the best possible way." —Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/sets/beyondthebook_nightvale
New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry, author of Population 485 and Visiting Tom, brings us a debut novel about a Wisconsin farmer whose newborn calf bears the face of Jesus. Loaded with an unforgettable cast of characters, The Jesus Cow is a comic yet sincere exploration of faith, a hilarious and improbable tale with a big heart and an explosive climax.
“Warmhearted...engaging...down-to-earth and genuine.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Humorous without being cynical and heartfelt without being overly sentimental.” —Shelf Awareness
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/jesuscow_beyondthebook
In Last Night at the Blue Angel, debut novelist Rebecca Rotert tells the tale of Naomi Hill, a talented but troubled jazz singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, Sophia, and their heartbreaking relationship. It is an unforgettable story, set int 1960s Chicago, about what happens when the passion for the life you want is at sharp odds with the life you have. In this recording, Rotert, an experienced singer/songwriter, performs two jazz standards from the novel, shares her inspirations behind the characters, and does a reading that provides insight into Naomi's origins.
"Luminous and deeply affecting, this book swept me along and stole my heart." -Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
"Last Night at the Blue Angel is many things, all of them hugely admirable." -Jim Shepard, author of Like You'd Understand, Anyway
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/lastnightattheblueangel_rotert
In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them - but is it man, animal, or monster?
Within these tracks, Malerman, a professional musician and lead singer of the band The Hold Steady, discusses his love of horror and invokes an ethereal and atmospheric experience in an homage to Orson Welles a la War of the Worlds.
"This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes - it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration." -Peter Straub
"Chilling and beautifully told. A Must Read." -Hugh Howey, author of Wool
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/birdbox_malerman
The Free by Willy Vlautin was the inaugural Beyond the Book project. In this novel, Vlautin captures the experience of three memorable characters who are looking for meaning in distressing times. Vlautin addresses issues that transform ordinary people's lives - the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, and the devastating scars of war - and celebrates the resiliency of the human heart. Here, Vlautin reads excerpts from The Free, discusses the inspiration for the book, and shares his thoughts on its main characters. Accompanied by Vlatin's own music, the recording offers a behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable novel.
"The straightforward beauty of Vlautin's writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn't recommend it more highly." -Ann Patchett
"Courageous, powerful, and mercifully refreshing." -Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/sets/thefree_vlautin