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Sunday, December 14th, Book Party is BACK!

December 5, 2008

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Thanks for a Fabulous Debut!

October 31, 2008

 

Thanks to everyone who came out on October 12th.  Because of all of you, the evening was a smashing success.  And thanks of course to Theresa Sotto, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Rob Kamm, Small World Books and everyone at the Mandrake for making the first Book Party so incredibly delightful.

Our next event is Sunday, December 14th.  Please check back for updates. . . we’ll have something exciting to tell you, reader, and very soon.  We promise. 

Until then. . . we’ve got a fuzz box.  And we know how to use it.

A Little More About our Dazzling Writers . . .

October 1, 2008

“Sotto’s poems unexpectedly transcend the confines of realism through the use of concrete language conjuring many images and allowing the poem to erupt and emote through a kind of oblique line. . .these poems are ominous abstractions that manage to wrestle with cultural activity and popular culture. Overall, her work is marvelous in experimenting with its own opacity— strange restrictive lines that oddly provoke clarity and pleasure. No doubt the poems comment in astute ways about our culture at large.” Prageeta Sharma, for the George Bogin Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America

 

Here is some of what critics are saying about Ms. Hempel, a junior high school teacher in her twenties who “had chosen teaching because it seemed to offer both tremendous opportunities for leisure and the satisfaction of doing something generous and worthwhile. Too late she realized her mistake; teaching had invaded her like a mild but inexorable infection.”

“Each of these eight stories dazzles on its own terms; all together they create a stunning portrait of an unforgettable character at a crossroads.” Malena Watrous, San Francisco Chronicle

“Scholars have argued that childhood is a relatively recent invention, a concept that didn’t exist until the seventeenth century. If that’s the case, perhaps adulthood is equally suspect. Wouldn’t we be better off admitting that “grown-ups” are merely oversize, car-driving, money-juggling kids, instead of pretending to an ascendancy we rarely merit? The idea that we’re all just aging, idiosyncratic children snatching at happiness is central to Ms. Hempel Chronicles, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s gently, deeply affecting second novel. . . this is not a saccharine novel, and heartache, sexual confusion, and resignation rear their heads. When Ms. Hempel observes that a colleague’s messy desk is “both hopeful and doomed,” she is, in her succinct, winning way, describing both her outlook and the predicament of so-called adults everywhere.” Amy Gerstler, Bookforum