Join us for an evening with authors Michael Martone and Dustin Parsons, and the launch of their new books and latest additions to Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction.
The book signing begins at 5:30 PM at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, with a discussion starting at 6:00, and followed by a reception two blocks away at Monarch Espresso Bar from 7:30 until 9:30 PM*.
Michael Martone's BROODING: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges is a collection of more than twenty-five essays. Both meditative and formally inventive, BROODING considers all kinds of subjects: everyday objects such as keys and hats, plus concepts of time and place; the memoir; writing; the essay itself; and Michael Martone's friendship with the writers David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Kurt Vonnegut.
BROODING is Michael Martone's fourth book of essays to be published by the University of Georgia Press. The Flatness of Other Landscapes won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction. The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond will be published this fall by FC2. He lives in Tuscaloosa with poet Theresa Pappas and teaches at The University of Alabama.
Dustin Parsons' EXPLODED VIEW: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams presents "graphic" essays that play with the conventions of telling a life story and with how illustration and text work together in print.
Diagrams were an important part of Dustin Parsons’ childhood. His father was an oil field mechanic, and in his spare time was also a woodworker, an automotive mechanic, a welder and an artist. His father's shop had countless manuals with “exploded view” parts directories that the young Parsons flipped through constantly. Whether rebuilding a transmission, putting together a diesel engine, or assembling a baby cradle, his father had a visual guide to help him. In these essays, Parsons uses the same approach to understanding his father as he navigates the world of raising two young biracial boys.
Dustin Parsons teaches at the University of Mississippi. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant for creative nonfiction, an American Literary Review prize for fiction, and a Laurel Review prize for fiction. His essays can also be found in recent issues of Hotel Amerika, Passages North, Proximity, and Zone 3.
*Signed copies of BROODING and EXPLODED VIEW may be purchased at Ernest & Hadley Books from 5:30-8:00 PM and thereafter, during normal business hours and while supplies last.