Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bookslinger Update: “The Regular”

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This week’s story is from Captive Audience by Dave Reidy, published by Ig Publishing. Francis Ford Coppola, REM, and Abe Vigoda are just a few of the many characters who populate the world of Captive Audience, Dave Reidy’s paean to the highs, lows, and everything in-between of being a performer. From the opening story, the award-winning “The Regular,” where two lonely music fans bond over a most unusual kind of karaoke, to the final tale, “Dancing Man” about an organ player who gets his big break in the most unexpected way with the band REM, this bittersweet and humorous collection gives voice to those who are driven to perform, no matter the size of the audience.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Automatic Garden”

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This week’s story is from This New & Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber, published by BOA Editions. Blending historical fiction with fantasy and the macabre, Adam McOmber’s debut short story collection brings the influence of Angela Carter, Isak Dinesen, and Edgar Allan Poe to the next generation. In “The Automatic Garden,” a solitary architect from the court at Versailles builds a water-powered pleasure garden; in “There Are No Bodies Such as This,” we read a haunted and romantic fiction about the creation of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum; in “Fall, Orpheum,” a small town movie palace becomes the temple for an entire town’s devotion and sacrifice. McOmber seamlessly blends history, artifice, and desire to create a dream of the past that intertwines with our own notions of modern life.

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Bookslinger Update: “Men in Brown”

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This week’s story is from How to Stop Loving Someone by Joan Connor, published by Leapfrog Press. These stories explore the vagaries and vicissitudes of love and lust, of loneliness and loss. Tonally the stories range from the dark to the darkly comic, from the optimistic to the outright silly. Geographically they wander from Greece to Maine. Wherever Connor’s characters find themselves, whether lucky or unlucky in love, whether in their teens or middle age, they cling tenaciously to the belief that the quest for love is self-validating, that love is yet possible.

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Bookslinger Update: “Just Watch: An Apologia”

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This week’s story is from Sentimental Exorcisms by David Derry, published by Coach House Books. The return of a former lover saps a retired librarian’s faith in punctuation; a judge must compulsively narrate his neighbour into ignominy; and the glories of market analysis prove as deceptive as human connection when Trevor Spates’ visit to a stripper goes awry. Meanwhile, poor Tim Pine must face his coprophobia in a most public and lamentable office misadventure. Sentimental Exorcisms is a collection of tragicomic satire, latter-day-Victorian collisions of Nabokov and Proust. The men in these long short stories have grand designs and petty fears, or modest designs and grand fears.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Sale of Midsummer”

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This week’s story is from The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories by Joan Aiken, published by Small Beer Press. Joan Aiken’s stories captivated readers for fifty years. They’re funny, smart, gentle, and occasionally very, very scary. The stories in The Monkey’s Wedding are collected here for the very first time and include six never before published, as well as two previously published under the pseudonym Nicholas Dee. Here you’ll find the story of a village for sale . . . or is the village itself the story? There’s an English vicar who declares on his deathbed that he might have lived an entirely different life. After his death, a large, black, argumentative cat makes an appearance. . . . This hugely imaginative collection includes introductions by Aiken as well as by her daughter, Lizza Aiken.

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