Chris Mendius grew up in Naperville, Illinois. He earned a BSME from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from University of Chicago. After college, he moved to Chicago ... Read full author bio >
"Mendius’ prose is colorful and evocative but suffused with irony, hangdog humor and muted pathos; he makes a lurid subculture both raucously entertaining and profoundly real.
A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn."
Greg Starypan claims the Pacific Northwest as home; although he was born in New Jersey, he has lived in either Oregon or Washington State for the past thirty-eight years. He ... Read full author bio >
"This gently written yet perky novel grew out of an attempt by Starypan to write a memoir; he even shares his fictional protagonist’s nickname. The result is simultaneously moving and unsentimental. It manages to link together what initially seem to be nothing more than a series of discrete, disjointed episodes in one man’s haphazard life. Throughout, the author weaves Biter’s memories of his past into his present-day narrative, rendering the main story all the richer. In doing so, he creates a thoughtful, quirky and even comic chronicle that demonstrates how even apparent chaos can resolve into a coherent story.
A warming, delightful novel unabashed in its depiction of life’s eccentricities."
Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and ... Read full author bio >
"The turns these stories take, structurally and emotionally, prove that Chehak is not only a daring literary artisan, but a connoisseur of human frailty. An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft."
Christian Kachel is a Long Island, NY native and current resident of Northern Virginia. While attending the University of Maryland- College Park, the events of September 11, 2001 inspired him ... Read full author bio >
Born in Los Angeles, Carrie is the daughter of former schoolteachers. Every summer they piled into the family car and explored this vast and extraordinary country. On these long car ... Read full author bio >
"In Hannah’s debut novel, the past and present collide in unexpected and dangerous ways as a woman searches for her missing friend.
Hannah weaves a compelling tale, employing flashbacks that parallel present-day life. Errica’s Moroccan adventures, both as a student and as an adult, frequently pulse with excitement and danger. Birdy Grace is a vivid, memorable foil, and their friendship is both convincing and poignant.
An engaging mystery, bolstered by complex, well-developed characters, exotic locations and an effective narrative structure"
Dr. Mary Beth Dearmon's debut novel, "Cadence to Glory: A Novel of the American Revolution," praised as an "ambitious first offering from a new talent" and an "enjoyable old-fashioned ... Read full author bio >
"With the American Revolution as a backdrop, debut novelist Dearmon offers an enjoyable, old-fashioned love story set in Williamsburg, Virginia.
An ambitious first offering from a new talent."
Paul Proffet lives in Cheltenham with his wonderful partner Tanya and a seemingly constant scuffle with indigestion. He works full-time in the private security industry and writes whenever he can ... Read full author bio >
"A promising, deeply satisfying debut full of action, wit and heart."
Gary Reiswig writes fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays with contemporary western themes. He was born on a ranch near Follett, Texas, heart of the Dust Bowl, just as the rains returned ... Read full author bio >
"They were tough people living in an elemental landscape. Reiswig writes clearly and well, a style as simple and open as the high plains, giving readers the Oklahoma of fundamentalist religion, fanatical high school sports, and all the things that hold people together through their hardscrabble existence."
Basil Lawrence was born in South Africa. He read English Literature at university in Johannesburg before moving to England, where he earned an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University ... Read full author bio >
"A restaurateur takes desperate measures in Lawrence’s delectably dark debut novel.
The show must go on and does, with deliciously droll scenes . . . wickedly comical moments . . . snappy dialogue . . . The tone is surprisingly light, like an airy soufflé"
Philippe Malzieu is not my true name. Malzieu is our native village, my mother and me. It is registered on the memorial Yad Vashem. The inhabitants organized themselves to protect ... Read full author bio >
"She is the victim and I’m the executioner. Women are geniuses to invert positions."
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