Join us for the launch of Charles Muir’s This is a Horror Book!
It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Tales from the Crypt in this wildly satirical collection of short stories by Charles Austin Muir. There are chaos magic spells, killer rabbits, kung fu sorcerers, mystical brothels, mutant slasher villains and vampires afoot at the public library. This is a Horror Book is an absurdist’s dark literary ride through the unreal with mind-bending revelations at every stop.
Charles Austin Muir is the author of This is a Horror Book and Bodybuilding Spider Rangers and Other Stories. His fiction has appeared in several anthologies including Peel Back the Skin and The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. He was an obituary writer, humor writer and fitness writer for The Oregonian. He has also written humorous articles on exercise including “Air Guitar: The Dumbest Workout You Should be Doing” and “The Michael Myers Killer Workout.” He currently works as a rehabilitative exercise trainer at a chiropractic clinic. He lives with his wife, who is a retired air guitarist, three pugs and a pit lab in the weird city of Portland, Oregon.
Calvin Gimpelevich is touring the West Coast in support of his debut collection, INVASIONS! Join us in the loft for an evening of excellent trans literature as he’s inviting others to read as well.
Of Invasions, Michelle Tea says: “Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich’s writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven’t been. I’m hooked.”
Featuring Misha Moon, Geeta Lewis, and possibly more TBA!
Join us for a reading of Luck Favors the Prepared, a collection of short personal stories and essays from Nathaniel Barber.
“In his first collection of short stories, Nathaniel Barber allows a peek inside the life observant. Luck Favors the Prepared is a straightforward read, shifting from remote and comic documentary to lived-in memoir, dreamily recalling the absurd choreography of divorce, landlordship, role playing video games, misguided activism, customer service and sudden, unexpected wardrobe failures.”
Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology – 20 stories of magic and technology is launching in our loft. We’ll have a mix of local and close-by authors with us: Amanda Hackwith, Jeremiah Reinmiller, Jonathon Burgess, A Moritz, Raven Oak, and editor Janine A Southard will be joining us and regaling us with tales at the intersection of fantasy and technology!
Oregon Book Award winner Brian Doyle has a new book out, with another independent press. He’ll be here to celebrate the release and read a bit from it.
Ophelia Darkly is launching her first book of short stories (she’s a poet), Coffee Monsters. Short stories and coffee art. Yep, you read that right. Coffee art. Well, at any rate, all of the art for this book was painted with coffee. Come and hear Ophelia read from the book of dark faerietales, see some of the art, and watch Davey do a live coffee painting.
May is short story month and we’re celebrating with a panel of local short story authors! Join us to hear short readings from Evan Morgan Williams (IPPY winner for his book Thorn), Natalie Serber (Shout her Lovely Name, a NY Times Notable Book), and Marcel Jolley (author of the collections Neither Here Nor There (winner of the St Lawrence Book Award); Priors; and The Following Sea).