Join us for an evening with three authors from What Books Press
Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld (Gold Line Press, Ricochet Editions)
The small future parables of Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld take place in a world very much like ours—and not—weaving what amounts to a beguiling meditation on inconsolable loss. In the mundane dailiness of this world, men and women of forbearance and good nature embrace world-altering anomalies of difference—a missing part, a troubling cough, a lack of body altogether—with carefree insouciance. While somewhere just the next story over, amorphous aliens gorge on seconds, vast schools of glittering fish appear out of nowhere for secret visitations in the night, and a tiny private tear rends an opening in the fabric of the universe itself. Meantime, all they ever wanted—all any of them ever wanted—was something they might call grace before everything disappears altogether in the postworld, when herds of unrecognizable animals inherit the earth.
Praise for Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld
Katharine Haake's Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld is such a pleasure to read and re-read. With their sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, always fantastical tales, these parables place us on steep literary heights, where we find ourselves looking down at a poignantly despoiled, comically unspooling world. After each story I ended up feeling warm, giddy, very precarious, and hungry for more.—Rod Val Moore, author of A History of Hands
Katharine Haake’s books include the future eco-fable, The Time of Quarantine; the hybrid California prose lyric, That Water, Those Rocks; and three collections of stories. Her writing has long appeared in such magazines as One Story, The Iowa Review, and Witness, and been recognized as distinguished by Best American Stories and Best American Essays, among others. A collaborative text/image work she did with LA artist Lisa Bloomfield is included in Bloomfield’s portfolio in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Haake is a recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from LA’s Cultural Affairs Department and teaches at California State
You Can Fly: A Sequel to the Peter Pan Tales by Chuck Rosenthal
"...a parable for the 21st century about the 'eternal enmity' between good and evil, wonder and greed-- a book that will make you want to take wing and fly"—Christopher Merrill, author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood
"Rosenthal’s sequel brilliantly updates the Peter Pan tales with humor and terror and brutality and grace. But above all he offers a profound and disturbing meditation on the congruence of innocence and evil and its seductive and destructive power. A masterfully conceived tour d’force!"—A.W. DeAnnuntis, author of The Final Death of Rock-and- Roll and Other Stories
"A form of piracy, a giving-up on the idea that everything and nothing should be taken seriously, and only the impossible things are probable."—Lance Olsen, author of Dreamlives of Debris
Chuck Rosenthal is the author of eleven novels including You Can Fly, tto books of narrative essays, a memoir, two books of poetry in collaboration with Gail Wronsky, and dozens of short stories. He's won or been nominated for numerous awards.
Imperfect Pastorals by Gail Wronsky
"For many years, I have dreamt of a book of poems that inhabits the trashy, utopian culture of Southern California with the verbal panache and tensile brilliance of a poet from the remote past: Aphra Behn, say, or Robert Herrick. Yet even this torsion of mind and subject matter would not fully explain the amalgam of ferocity, intelligence and pathos animating Gail Wronsky's latest book: the untimely, but fetchingly up-to- date, meditations of a true Metaphysical of the Pacific Rim. These are poems of exquisite mastery and ripeness. If there were Justice, even poetic justice-- and these poems warn us continually of the foolishness of that hope--Imperfect Pastorals would be received for what it is: the finest collection of one of our most gifted and exhilarating poets"--Daniel Tiffany, author of Privado and The Dandelion
Gail Wronsky is the author, coauthor, or translator of many books of poetry and prose, among them Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press), Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press), and So Quick Bright Things (What Books Press). Her translation of Alicia Partnoy’s book Fuegos Florales (Flowering Fires) recently won the American Book
Prize from Settlement House Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies including Poets Against War; A Chorus for Peace; Wide Awake: the Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond; The Black Body; and Coiled Serpent. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Poetry; Boston Review; Antioch Review; Colorado Review; Denver Quarterly; Crazyhorse, Virginia Quarterly Review; Volt; and Pool. Gail has been a Resident Playwright at Sundance Institute and has had plays produced in Washington, DC; Salt Lake City; and Los Angeles. She teaches creative writing and women's literature at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.