Book launch

Book cover, Chinaski, Frances Vick, Cillian Press

Big launch for new novel Chinaski

Over 50 people attended a book launch in Camden last Wednesday for the release of Chinaski by first time author Frances Vick.

The event was held in The Dublin Castle, a Camden pub and music venue, where Mrs Vick read a chapter of her book and signed copies for attendees.

The 250 page book, which was released on November 1st, is about an indie band called Chinaski and is set during the late 80s and early 90s.

According to Mrs Vick, this setting was chosen because at that time “it meant something to be famous, where it was on the cusp between love and hatred”.

Mrs Vick, who has previously lived in Japan and New York, said: “There were lots of bands around at that time.

“Chinaski is not a band I would necessary listen to. They’re the band that girls would buy posters of.”

Mark Brady, from Cillian Press who published the the book, said: “We didn’t need to read mor than three chapters before we knew this was destined for good things.”

The title is a reference to Henry Chinaski, the protagonist in the novels of Charles Bukowski. Mrs Vick said: “He (Bukowski) was a big thing in that set.”

Mrs Vick felt “very, very, very” happy with the book launch.

She said: “I have never been to a book launch in my life. I’ve never written a book before in my life. It’s like a wedding but less stressful!”

Mrs Vick has already planned her next book: “It’s the anti-Matilda! An evil child narrativ with a teacher.”

For more information about Chinaski, click here