Thursday, October 20, 2011

A book to be sipped: Thanks Jabberwocky.

I attended a great set of readings at the Jabberwocky Bookshop a week or so ago. Jaed Coffin and Paul Harding gave us a peek into some of their current work. Both pieces were appropriately macabre given the season. Two bodies burned; one already dead, the other alive... at least for a while.

I'm now reading Paul's Pulitzer prize winning novel Tinkers, which is darkly gorgeous; lyrical, insightful, and tender but masculine. The tale intermixes the dingy reality of death with a glorious and real contemplation of the universe, all conveyed in prose that often reads like poetry.

Beautiful, beautiful stuff. A book to be sipped.

It is wonderful to be in this part of the country, so rich in writers and places that celebrate them.

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