William Hjortsberg is an acclaimed American author of novels and screenplays. Born in New York City, Hjortsberg’s first success came with Alp (1969), an offbeat story of an Alpine skiing village, which Hjortsberg’s friend Thomas McGuane called “quite possibly the finest comic novel written in America." In the 1970s, Hjortsberg wrote two science fiction novels, Gray Matters (1971) and Symbiography (1973), as well as Toro! Toro! Toro! (1974), a comic jab at the macho world of bullfighting. His best-known work is Falling Angel (1978), a hard-boiled occult mystery. In 1987 the book was adapted into a film titled Angel Heart, which starred Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke. Hjortsberg’s Jubilee Hitchhiker (2012), a biography of Richard Brautigan, American writer is the voice of 1960s counterculture. Yet again, Hjortsberg takes readers on a mind-bending ride in this new crime novel Mañana (2014) about an American hippie who’s life is upended by a gang of ex-cons in Mexico after the Summer of Love.