AYO! I’m returning to Pittsburgh on April 12th as the main reader for Chatham University’s Minor Bird magazine launch. I can’t tell you how humbled I am that my former students have invited me back. It was only two years ago when I MCed the Minor Bird launch, and in many ways, this isn’t unlike Will Ferrell triumphantly returning to SNL as the host, only it’s not like that at all.
I’ll be reading from Last Call in the City of Bridges, and there will be books for sale. The event runs from 4 to 6:30, and I can’t wait to see all you Pittsburgh pals again. Chatham has been extremely supportive of me, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this event.
‘Sup? Y’all excited for the NBA pre-season? I know I am.
A few links I want to share:
1) I’ve got a new Knicks poem up at Sundog Lit for their Games Issue edited by Brian Oliu. Check it out here. Also read work from my girlfriend, Theresa Beckhusen, along with Ian Denning and Sheryl St. Germain among others.
Get psyched for the first ever Vouched Books event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Come to Remedy (5121 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201) from 7-9 on July 5th to hear readings from Chris Lee, Salvatore Pane, Jeffrey Condran, and Sheryl St. Germain. Buy books from Vouched. Then stay for another classic Remedy dance party.
Salvatore Pane is the author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges and the chapbook #KanyeWestSavedFromDrowning. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Collagist, Hobart, and many other venues. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Indianapolis and can be reached at www.salvatore-pane.com.
Jeffrey Condran is the author of the forthcoming story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated. His work has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review’s 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.
Sheryl St. Germain currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University where she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and most recently the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, and The Journals of Scheherazade.
Last night, mere moments after the Knicks’ excruciating loss to Boston, I recorded a podcast about Last Call in the City of Bridges with the fine folks at Books and Booze. I want to thank Renee Pickup, Jessica Taylor, and Dakota Taylor for having me. I tried to keep it together and only devolved into a long tirade about Reggie Miller once. Topics include social media, Nintendo, Weekend at Bernie’s II, and the time David James Keaton bought me a Spider-Man fighting ring for our trip to Vegas.
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Ian Denning wrote a really complex, intriguing review of Last Call here. Check it out. This is the kind of dialogue I really hoped my book would be involved in as we were gearing up to publish it. I can’t express how humbling getting a review like this is.
Finally, for the more comic-savvy crowd, I sat down with Mark Poulton for the Talking About Our Issues podcast over at Image Addiction. We mostly talk about comic books and The Black List (my graphic novel which is available here digitally before it’s released physically here later this year), but we also talk Last Call.
GUYS! If you swing by the Braddock Avenue Books table (Y17), you can get a SIGNED copy of my novel and PLAY NINTENDO WITH ME. That’s right. We’re going to play NES.
I’ll be there 10:30 through noon on Thursday, and then a few other times throughout the conference. This is your opportunity to challenge the 1995 Video Game Championship II Scranton Branch Winner.