Blacksmiths for Literary Progress at the 21st Annual Indie & Small Press Book Fair

The Blacksmiths for Literary Progress will have our own table at the 21st Annual Indie & Small Press Book Fair. We’ll be featuring new books and zines (and possibly old lamps, used furniture, and rusted cutlery) from Brian Cogan, Mike Faloon, Tim Hall, Karen Lillis, Ben Tanzer, and Ken Wohlrob. We’ll also have some free books to give away. Do stop buy, say hello and take home some damn good independent lit.

Here are the details:
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2008, 11 AM to 5 PM
Location: The New York Center for Independent Publishing
20 West 44th Street (btw 5th and 6th)
New York, NY 10036

Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine Reading Recap

It was a real honor to get to read with Ben Tanzer this past Sunday at Freebird Books, my de facto home base here in Brooklyn. The reading was an east coast celebration in honor of the release of Ben’s new book, Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine (the original release party was held in Chicago).

A good group of friends made it down to hear Ben read from the new book and myself kick a brand new story, “Job in Williamsburg,” as well as an excerpt from “Taking the Happy Bus on Home,” the last story in The Love Book. People responded quite nicely to Ben’s reading, digging on the fantastic sense of humor from the book.

As always, Peter from Freebird Books took great care of us and I can never walk out of the joint without discovering some great new find. In this instance, it was the Mavis Gallant short story collection released by Bloomsbury Classics (imported from the UK). If you’re in Brooklyn, do stop by Freebird and support the cause.

But here are a few shots for your ocular amusement.


A Reading This Sunday, 9/28

I’ll be joining Chicago’s own Ben Tanzer at Freebird Books in Brooklyn this Sunday to celebrate the release of his new novel, “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.” We’re going to kick out the stories and have a few drinks with all our good friends who can make it to the reading. Show time is 7pm.

Another great review for The Love Book

Ben Tanzer and the nice folks at This Blog Will Change Your Life recently posted some nice praise for The Love Book. And I quoteth:

“…while love may be the operative word here, we’re not sure anyone would call them love stories, per se. Now that said, are these stories all about how love gets warped, lost, manipulated, sublimated, twisted, fetishized, tainted and occasionally celebrated? Yes, and more. And so do we think you should you read this collection? Yes, again, for sure, so, go ahead, please read The Love Book, it just might change your life.”

And a gratuitous reminder, you can come on down to Freebird Books in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, September 28 to see Ben and myself kick out the stories to celebrate the release of his new book, Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.