Monday, June 7, 2010

Drain world tour 2010

What follows is a list of appearances in support of my new novel Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press). If you would be interested in having me read, live or via Skype, please get in touch here.

The novel details a near-past-then-future in which Lake Michigan empties of water — becoming an endless desert. A disenfranchised population that worships an arcane “World Worm” moves in, and the Quadrilateral Commission, a planned-community corporation, gradually supplants these people with towns not unlike Disney’s Celebration, Florida.

Yet all are not so easily supplanted. A partisan leader working against the Quadrilateral communities where she was born, the charismatic Dial-Up Networking leads the Blackout Angels gang in paramilitary activities. A second protagonist, the perpetually coughing Quadrilateral employee Washington Jefferson Lincoln Qui, combs the wasteland of old Lake Michigan in search of the memory of his burned sister, whom he knows now only as “blank hiss at the tape-end.”

I am also lucky to have great blurbs from Cris Mazza, Lance Olsen, Michael Joyce, Steve Tomasula, and Doug Rice. The book also has a critical afterword from Megan Milks.

Find Drain at Northwestern or Amazon.

June 4 (Friday), via Skype, "The Importance of Independents," Los Angeles, 7:30 pm

w Harold Abramowitz / Teresa Carmody / Alexandra Chasin / Gina Frangello / Davis Schneiderman / Mathew Timmons

a reading at w o r d s p a c e
3191 Casitas Avenue, #156 / Los Angeles, 90039

June 13 (Sunday), Printers Row Book Fair, Chicago, 4pm

Center Stage

"Chicago: The New Indie Publishing Capital" with Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello / Moderated by Jonathan Messinger

June 16 (Wednesday), The Book Cellar, Local Author Night, Chicago, 7pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

773 293-2665

June 17 (Thursday), Big Other reading, Green Lantern (map), Chicago, 7 pm

w/ Davis Schneiderman, Kathleen Rooney, Rob Stephenson, Cris Mazza, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Jac Jamc, A D Jameson

Green Lantern

2542 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL

July 13 (Tuesday): Quickies! Chicago, 7:30 pm

w/ Davis Schneiderman / Alex Bonner / Jason Bredle / Allison Gruber / Chris Bower / Rebekah Silverman / Jill Summers /

Devin King

1935 W Thomas St.
(between Winchester Ave & Damen Ave)
Chicago, IL 60622

Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village

(773) 235-9795

July 22 (Thursday): Live from Prairie Lights, Iowa City, 7:00 pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

Prairie Lights Books Store

15 South Dubuque Street.

Iowa City, IA 52240



August ?, TBA: The Nervous Breakdown series, Chicago

September 13 (Monday): Cherry Bomb Series, 6:30 pm (door), Grand Rapids, 7:00 pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

Corez Neighborhood Eatery & Bar

919 Cherry Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 855-2310

September 19 (Sunday): What to Wear During an Orange Alert Series, Chicago


2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

September 27 (Monday): Binghamton University

More dates, TBA

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