The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has been keeping busy with some literary pursuits in addition to his musical ones. In the gap between the releases of the 2012 Mountain Goats album Transcendental Youth and 2015's Beat the Champ, Darnielle published his first novel, the excellent Wolf in White Van. He's set to publish his second, Universal Harvester, on February 7, 2017, and it's being billed as a literary horror story based in Iowa in the 1990s.

Darnielle is going on a reading and signing tour to accompany the release of Universal Harvester, which includes two interesting looking NYC events. The first is a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt at St. Joseph's College on February 6, 2017, as part of the Brooklyn Voices series. $28 tickets are on sale now, and include a hardcover copy of the novel. The next night, February 7, Darnielle will appear in conversation with John Hodgman at Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space. Tickets are $25, and on sale now.

The cover of Universal Harvester and the list of all dates for Darnielle's book tour, below:

John Darnielle -- 2017 Tour Dates
2/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY
St. Joseph’s College, presented by Greenlight Bookstore
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
In conversation with Donna Tartt
7:30 p.m.

2/7/17 – New York, NY
Leonard Nimoy Thalia theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
In conversation with John Hodgman
7:30 p.m.

2/8/17 – Cambridge, MA
Brattle Theatre, presented by Harvard Book Store
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
6:00 p.m.

2/9/17 – Washington, D.C.
Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
7:00 p.m.

2/13/17 – Durham, NC
Motorco Music Hall, presented by The Regulator Bookshop
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
7:30 p.m.

2/15/17 – Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
7:00 p.m.

2/20/17 – Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle, with The Elliott Bay Book Company
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
7:30 p.m.

2/21/17 – Portland, OR
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard
Beaverton, OR 97005
7:00 p.m.

2/22/17 – San Francisco, CA
The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
7:30 p.m.

2/23/17 – Los Angeles, CA
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
7:30 p.m.

2/25/17 – Austin, TX
603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703
6:00 p.m.

2/27/17 – Iowa City, IA
Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
7:00 p.m.

2/28/17 – Ames, IA
Ames Public Library, with the Iowa State University Book Store
515 Douglas Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
6:30 p.m.

3/1/17 – Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Bookstore
2424 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
7:00 p.m.