Peter Mountford's debut earned him comparisons to Martin Amis and Sam Lipsyte for his humor and willingness to engage today's political reality. Tomorrow he reads from A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism at San Francisco's the Booksmith.

Mountford's novel follows Gabriel, a financial journalist on assignment in Bolivia in 2005, as he grapples with espionage surrounding a recently-elected Bolivian president. Recognizing that the world has changed, Mountford's thriller hinges around questions of finance and globalization, much like the early novels of Le Carre used the Cold War as a fulcrum. To write the novel, Mountford drew on his own childhood, which he spent in Sri Lanka during the midst of violent ethnic conflict. He'll illuminate the comparisons between his experiences and Gabriel's tomorrow.

Peter Mountford
Friday, April 15
7:30 p.m.
The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco