Lone Wolf: Daniel Allen Cox @ Blue Metropolis
Montréal queer novelist Daniel Allen Cox will be launching his new novel Basement of Wolves on May 5. You may remember him from his last novel, Krakow Melt, about a pyromaniac Polish rebel re-enacting the great fires of history. For his new novel, think: more Cox, but without the burning…
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Basement of Wolves is about a Hollywood actor, Michael-David, stuck in the no-man’s land of being between the ages of 40 and 45, on the verge of becoming a has-been. He gets hopelessly caught up in a terrible film about a man being raised by wolves (and no, this is not some gay slang metaphor) and sequesters himself in a hotel room to hide from his seemingly inevitable fall from stardom. A chance encounter with a young skater earns him a Kato-style roommate whose pseudo-relationship provides him with a glimpse of human connection, amidst all the paranoia.
The book is more about insecurity and keeping up appearances (fake it ’til you make it) than anything else, and the subtleties of connecting with other human beings in our detached contemporary world.
Much like other gay Montréal artists such as Xavier Dolan, the sexuality of Cox’s characters is dealt with rather matter-of-factly. The characters don’t even seem all that gay, they seem more like men who happen to have sex with men.
As with all of his novels, his characters carry an articulate cynicism that is one of Cox’s trademarks. It is reminiscent of another Canadian author (who also happens to be gay), Douglas Copeland, who coined the phrase “Generation X” with his first novel. Cox’s characters display that same kind of sarcastic wit and charming cynicism that are characteristic of generations X and Y – and XY for that matter.
Daniel Allen Cox will join Tamara Faith Berger, Peter Dubé and Nicole Lundrigan for READINGS IN THE AFTERNOON at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. In the Gallery room of the Opus Hotel (10 Sherbrooke West). April 21 @ 2 p.m. FREE.
Daniel Allen Cox will be reading from Basement of Wolves (Arsenal Pulp Press) and signing copies at the Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West) in Montréal on May 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Allen Cox’s Basement Wolves is published by Arsenal Pulp Press.