Writers make great main characters, and at this month’s reading series we’ll meet every kind of writer — from the night watchman and part-time writer in Mark de Silva’s dystopian novel Square Wave (February 2016) to the narrators in Greg Gerke’s collection of 38 short stories, My Brooklyn Writer Friend (September 2015). Join us at the KGB Bar on March 10th to hear readings from these two brilliant new releases!
Thursday, March 10 at KGB Bar and Red Room, 85 East 4th Street. 7-9 PM
Square Wave, published in February 2016 by Two Dollar Radio, follows Carl Stagg, a writer researching imperial power struggles in 17th century Sri Lanka, who ekes out a living as a watchman in a factionalized America where confidence in democracy has eroded. Along his nightly patrol, Stagg finds a beaten prostitute, one in a series of monstrous attacks. Suspicious of his supervisor’s intentions, Stagg seeks the truth with a fellow part-time watchman, Ravan, who hails from a family developing storm-dispersal technologies jointly funded by the Indian and American governments.
The watchmen’s discoveries put a troubling complexion on Stagg’s research, giving it new shape and impetus, just as the weather modification project begins to appear less about dispersing storms than weaponizing them.
“Enticing and enthralling, [Square Wave] aims to hit all the literary neurons. This might be the closest we get to David Mitchell on LSD. Square Wave is the perfect concoction for the thirsty mind.” —Atticus Review
Mark de Silva holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). Having served for several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion section, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine.
My Brooklyn Writer Friend, published in September 2015 by Queen’s Fairy Press, is a collection of 38 short stories about writers and the demons they grapple with in sometimes funny and sometimes tragic ways.
“Gloriously meta, My Brooklyn Writer Friend ventures inside the many minds of the writer. Laying bare the struggle with beginnings, the trouble with endings, and every hard-earned narrative step in between, Greg Gerke appreciates that whether writing into truth or lie, what matters is character. Neurotic and funny, earnest and obscure, the voices that echo in these short stories resound with a clarion honesty that remains—and provokes and teases and endears—long after the final page is turned.”
“Greg Gerke is a short form wizard; dark, funny and seriously sly. His book will deliver you to new strange thought and feeling.” — Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
Greg Gerke’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, DenverQuarterly, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, LIT, Film Quarterly, and others. He lives in Brooklyn.