Thursday, July 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books presents A Midsummer Night's Creep: Stories of Witches, Mutants, Cannibals & Murderers, an evening of readings and conversation with authors Josh Woods, Kea Wilson, Fred Venturini and Jedidiah Ayres!
Josh Woods, The Black Palace: Some have called it a hidden fortress, others a labyrinth of myth, a trackless mystery. And even the witches, who built it and keep it shut, fear that through the ages it has come alive. But tonight, a sleek field agent in the Witchfinders Union, DiFranco, leads her supernatural SWAT team on a raid inside The Black Palace to find one of their own. Yet once across that uncanny threshold, they must confront another world of grand secrets, where strange destinies are woven with theirs, where other desires are at work.
Kea Wilson, We Eat Our Own: An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut akin to Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.
Fred Venturini, The Heart Does Not Grow Back: Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: he can regenerate his organs and limbs.
Jedidiah Ayres, Peckerwood: Assault, armed robbery, and the occasional blackmail: life is pretty damn good for Terry Hickerson. Sure he's a constant pain in the local law's ass, but Sheriff Jimmy Mondale's got enough to worry about, what with his estranged daughter on a tear, and the District Attorney being onto his partnership with ex-bikie, meth kingpin, and tackle shop owner Chowder Thompson. But when tragedy hits their small town of Spruce, Missouri, Terry's peckerwood bullshit will push the three of them into a volatile whirlwind complete with bullets, bodies, and broken bones.
This event is free and open to the public, but book purchase from Left Bank Books is required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.