Peter Bognanni is a writer currently based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His first novel, The House of Tomorrow, is out now from Amy Einhorn Books (Putnam). He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop not long ago, and his short stories and humor pieces have appeared in various literary journals. He teaches Creative Writing at Macalester College and works (almost) every day on a new book.

News and reviews

  • Peter won the L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction for The House of Tomorrow. »»
  • Peter sat on the Fiction: Close Portraits panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC in Los Angeles on April 30, 2011. »»
  • Peter was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of Novel & Short Story for The House of Tomorrow. »»
  • In InDigest Magazine, Peter and Franz Nicolay chatted about the release of The House of Tomorrow, geodesic domes, banjos, the Bushwick Book Club, and more. »»
  • Peter was interviewed in Dislocate Literary Journal.
    Read Peter Bognanni on Pauly Shore, Punk Music, and the Midwestern Novel »
  • Peter's serialized short story, Lighter Than Air, appeared in Five Chapters.
  • New York Times: "One of the paradoxes of punk is that a movement based on nihilism led to such a wealth of creativity. This dichotomy is at the heart of Peter Bognanni's first novel, The House of Tomorrow."  Read full review »
  • The House of Tomorrow is on Oprah Magazine's list of Great Reads to Pick Up in April.  »»
  • Boston Globe: "A good punk song is one that entangles itself with your pulse, mirrors the syntax of your body, and leaves your bones humming like train tracks when it passes. A really good novel does the same thing. At its best Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow' is tight and quick enough to pull you into its rhythm. It draws its audience in the way a steady bass line does — to the waxing and waning of the story's tides."  Read full review »
  • The Rumpus: "Peter Bognanni's first novel mixes punk rock and the wild creativity of Buckminster Fuller into a tender and believable chronicle of teen sorrow."  Read full review »
  • The House of Tomorrow is on Details Magazine's Reading List for March.  »»
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: "Peter Bognanni's first novel is vibrant and delightful, capturing the intensity and hopefulness of the edge of adulthood."  Read full review »
  • Kansas City Star: "The House of Tomorrow is a character-driven, funny novel about loneliness and the attitudes we adopt—whether scientific detachment or teen sass—to mask our essential need for one another."  
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  • Peter appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition. Listen:

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  • Peter appeared on KARE 11's Showcase Minnesota.
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  • The House of Tomorrow is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for the summer, an Indiebound Next selection for March, and a Borders Original Voices pick.
  • Peter appeared in The New York Times Books blog Paper Cuts.
    Read Living With Music: A Playlist by Peter Bognanni »
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly: "...funny and unique...an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better."  Read full review »

About the book

Trailer by Tarik Karam & Satan's Pearl Horses

A funny and deeply affecting story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.

On the outskirts of a small town in Iowa, Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last eleven years homeschooling him on the teachings of futurist, philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when Sebastian's grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and discover what it means to live a normal life.

Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian, and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing out on, including girls, grilled cheese sandwiches with grape soda, and Sid Vicious. Together they form a punk band called The Rash, and with the help of Jared's sister, Meredith, prepare to take the local church talent show by storm. But when Sebastian's grandmother wants him to return to the dome and take Bucky's message to the world, will Sebastian have to give up The Rash — and lose his chance at winning Meredith's heart?

Unexpectedly poignant and richly comic, The House of Tomorrow is a novel about the power of music, the exquisite torture of first love, and the many places we call home.

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