STEVE ALMOND discusses and signs his story collection GOD BLESS AMERICA with special musical guest DAN BERN

Steve AlmondDan Bern

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 for discography, lyrics, tour info, the opportunity to commission a custom song or ringtone, and more.

Photo of Dan Bern by Todd Adamson.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
God Bless America: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984592234
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hub City Press - October 26th, 2011

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.

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ISBN: 9781400066209
Availability: Special Order
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ISBN: 9780812977592
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Random House Trade - July 8th, 2008

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ISBN: 9781565125292
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - April 28th, 2006

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ISBN: 9780156032933
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Harvest Books - April 1st, 2005

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ISBN: 9780802140135
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - March 11th, 2003