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."
Christopher Laing grew up just outside of Chicago and on Lake Michigan. He has worked as a bouncer, bodyguard, blacksmith, morgue attendant and cab driver, and is a graduate of ... Read full author bio >
A Chartered Financial Analyust and Gonzaga University alumnus--survived more than twenty years in the instituional bond market and encounters with all kinds of freaks. The author of several screenplays, he ... Read full author bio >
"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
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"
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