Friday, October 21st, 7pm
Reading Frenzy (921 SW Oak St.)
I know, I know -- book readings aren't exactly at the top of everyone's Friday night to-do list, but I think you could tuck it in between your disco nap and your first cocktail.Big Lonesome
(Gorsky Press, 2005) is the debut short story collection by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Jim Ruland. In these twisted, tall tales of America's past and present, Ruland transforms historical fiction into something brutal and weird. Whether he's spinning a lurid yarn about the previous adventures of Popeye the Sailor, imagining Dick Tracy as a San Fernando Valley police detective, or retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood in Nazi Germany, Ruland's stories resonate with the truth of lessons learned the hard way.
Jim Ruland is a veteran of the Navy, a part-time instructor of English, and a creative supervisor at a Los Angeles advertising agency. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also hosts Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent reading series in the heart of Chinatown, and regularly contributes to The Believer
, Razorcake Fanzine
, and National Public Radio's Day to Day
Joe O'Brien is a local bartender who edits a zine called Flop Sweat
rife with hysterical jokes and interviews with comedians.