Bedlam at Bay

MANCHESTER - M. Henderson Ellis presents "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe," Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

A dazzling combination of Everything is Illuminated and Don Quixote, with a jigger of Confederacy of Dunces, and Lord of the Barnyard, Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe is the first novel to so exquisitely capture the ambiance of expat Prague.

Poised to be an underground classic, it asks: What does it mean to be sane in a fast-changing world? M. Henderson Ellis lived in Prague for two years in the first half of the 1990s and taught English and tended bar while there. A Chicago-area native and a graduate of Bennington College, he has lived in Budapest, Hungary, since 2001, where in 2004 he co-founded the English-language literary review Pilvax, which he edits to this day. He makes his living as a writer and freelance editor at

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