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Three great writers -- Trinie Dalton, Joshua Mohr, and Stephen Beachy -- will read and sign their latest books!
Praise for Baby Geisha:
"Trinie Dalton's Baby Geisha is a travelogue. Her stories speak volumes of lostness about a world full of riveting features and no map. Things just kind of dead-end in a macho way that feels like porn that didn't happen - the dirty scene I mean. Trinie's writing absolutely unfeminine work. Which feels unique to me. In her hands, gender, like a new kind of western, is just moving across a landscape, the salutary effect of which is that it requires that Trinie write this beautiful stuff of which I can't get enough. Like a desert, her work refuses to give us even a drop more, is full of strange animals, is enduring and glittery." --Eileen Myles
Praise for Damascus:
"At once gripping, lucid and fierce, Damascus is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contains the glints of real gold." --San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for boneyard:
"In this sly, endlessly surprising collaboration with a troubled Amish persona and his skeptical (self?)-editor, Beachy exalts and simultaneously deconstructs the tradition of the literary hoax. The result is mythic, manic, and amazing." --Michael Lowenthal
Stephen Beachy is the author of the novel boneyard, in collaboration with the disturbed and elusive Amish boy, Jake Yoder. Beachy's other novels are The Whistling Song (1991) and Distortion (2000) and the novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat (2006). His fiction has appeared in BOMB, The Chicago Review, Best Gay American Fiction, Blithe House Quarterly, SHADE, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, the anthology Love, Castro Street, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop (1990) and a recipient of the James Michener Award. A native Iowan, he now lives in California and teaches in the University of San Francisco's MFA in Writing program.
Photo of Trinie Dalton by Jason Frank Rothberg. Photo of Joshua Mohr by Kevin Irby.
"Baby Geisha is a collection of thirteen sexually-charged stories that roam from the Coney Island Ferris wheel to the Greek Isles. True to Trinie Dalton's form, the stories in Baby Geisha are distinctly imagined while also representing a more grounded approach in the author's style. There's the Joan Didion-obsessed starving journalist of "Pura Vida," struggling to maintain a relationship with her performance artist sisters (or anyone, for that matter), on assignment in Costa Rica to write an article on sloth-hugging. "Millennium Chill" is about a woman who discovers that her body heat is mysteriously linked to that of an elderly beggar. Baby Geisha serves to support Dalton's reputation as a remarkable stylist and a very original artist."
"It's 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War. Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco's Mission District, becomes the unlikely setting for a showdown between the opposing sides. Tensions come to a boil when Owen, the bar's proprietor who has recently taken to wearing a Santa suit full-time, agrees to host the joint's first (and only) art show by Sylvia Suture, an ambitious young artist who longs to take her act to the dramatic precipice of the high-wire by nailing live fish to the walls as a political statement.An incredibly creative and fully rendered cast of characters orbit the bar. There's No Eyebrows, a cancer patient who has come to the Mission to die anonymously; Shambles, the patron saint of the hand job; Revv, a lead singer who acts too much like a lead singer; and Owen, donning his Santa costume to mask the most unfortunate birthmark imaginable. "Damascus" is the place where confusion and frustration run out of room to hide. By gracefully tackling such complicated topics as cancer, Iraq, and issues of self-esteem, Joshua Mohr has painted his most accomplished novel yet."
"In this unusual "collaborative novel," Jake Yoder, a precocious boy caught between Amish culture and the modern world, sits in his middle-school classroom writing stories at the behest of a stern but charismatic teacher. Jake's stories feature children who are crushed, imprisoned, and distorted, and yet somehow flailing around with a kind of bedazzled awe, trying to find a way out. His characters wander through Amish farms, one-room schoolhouses, South American plains, mental institutions, exotic cities, and prisons; his sentences seem constructed to the beat of an obsessive internal rhythm, and his prose is often haunting and beautiful. The strange logic and disturbing shifts in Jake's tales reveal a young boy processing intense emotional experiences in the wake of his mother's suicide and his own proximity to the schoolroom shootings at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, in 2006. Jake imagines fantastic journeys, magical transformations, and rock stardom as alternatives, it seems, to his own grim reality and the limitations of his life among the Amish."