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God Bless America: Stories (Lookout Press)
Steve Almond, a perennial Skylight favorite, returns to the store to read and sign his latest short story collection, God Bless America, with a performance from the amazing singer-songwriter Dan Bern!
Praise for God Bless America: Stories:
"A comic masterpiece." --Library Journal
"God Bless America showcases Almond's fascination with the dark underbelly of American life. Sometimes he laughs at it; sometimes he stares directly into the abyss and produces something stunning. What's obvious is that Almond creatively inhabits the confused soul of modern American life. Whether he finds comedy or tragedy there, the result is provocative and memorable." --The Boston Globe
Praise for Dan Bern:
"An amphetamine folkie with a provocateur's wit." --Entertainment Weekly
"[He's] just drunk on words, like the young Dylan. And the young Beck." --Robert Christgau
Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey is composed of 30 brief stories, and 30 brief essays on the psychology and practice of writing. Bad Poetry and Letters from People Who Hate Me are exactly what they sound like. His stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. In October, Lookout Press published his third story collection, God Bless America.
Dan Bern is the musician behind the albums Dan Bern, Smartie Mine, Breathe, and many more. He contributed several songs to the Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story soundtrack, the Get Him to the Greek sountrack, and other films. He has a devoted following and is known for his live shows, so don't miss this one! Visit danbern.com for discography, lyrics, tour info, the opportunity to commission a custom song or ringtone, and more.
Photo of Dan Bern by Todd Adamson.
A meditation on the American Dream and its discontents. In his most ambitious collection yet, Almond offers a comic and forlorn portrait of these United States: our lust for fame, our racial tensions, the toll of perpetual war, and the pursuit of romantic happiness.