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Monte Schulz West Coast Tour
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Monte SchulzeventsCharles M Schulz 26 Aug 2009 10:44 AM

MONTE SCHULZ TOURS WEST COAST IN SEPT.-OCT. TO PROMOTE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW NOVEL, THIS SIDE OF JORDAN

 

  

This September, Fantagraphics Books will publish This Side of Jordan, a novel by Monte Schulz. To support the release, the author will tour thirteen cities on the West Coast in September and October:

 

Fri., Sept. 25, 8PM • Southern California Writers Conf., Irvine, CA

Mon., Sept. 28, 7PM • Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Wed., Sept. 30, 7PM • Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego, CA

Thurs., Oct. 1, 6PM • Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, CA

Sat., Oct. 3, 5PM • Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA

Sun., Oct. 11, 11AM • Wordstock Festival, Portland, OR

Tues., Oct. 13, 7PM • Third Place Books, Seattle (Lake Forest Park), WA

Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30PM • Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR

Tues., Oct. 20, 7PM • Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

Wed., Oct. 21, 7PM • Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa, CA

Thurs., Oct. 22, 7PM • Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Sat., Oct. 24, 2PM • The Bookseller, Grass Valley, CA

Wed., Oct. 28, 7PM • Time Tested Books, Sacramento, CA

 

"Monte Schulz's novel This Side of Jordan shows that Like Father Like Son -both superb!" - RAY BRADBURY

"Schulz proves himself to be a handy wordsmith in this literarily ambitious novel of pre-Depression America. Hand this straight-faced and multifaceted almost-satire to fans of the southern gothic tradition, all the way from Flannery O'Connor to John Kennedy Toole." - BOOKLIST, Sept. 2009

"I just finished reading a review copy, and I think this is a truly great American novel. Certainly I have not read anything by a modern American (white male) that I have so thoroughly enjoyed in my 13+ years at Tsunami Books. I won't go into the tale; suffice to say those who read this book will bear witness to the beginnings of a great new (American) voice that upholds the power of innocence in a long, dark era." - SCOTT LANDFIELD, TSUNAMI BOOKS 

ABOUT THIS SIDE OF JORDAN:

In the idyllic last American summer before the great stock market crash of '29, nineteen year-old farm boy Alvin Pendergast somehow decides he can escape a fatal relapse of tuberculosis by accepting the offer of a job across the Mississippi River from a slick-talking stranger who seems everything poor Alvin is not: smart, sharply-dressed, well-acquainted, and without a worry in the world. But beneath appearances Chester Burke is also a gangster and a sociopathic killer. On their traveling road through the small towns of the Midwest, Alvin quickly discovers how ignorant he is of life beyond the farm.

Fortunately, he finds another companion for this harrowing journey, a curious and clever dwarf whose own pathetic life has offered little resistance to fate, until the circumstances of Chester's cruel itinerary forces both him and Alvin to seek another path, if they hope to survive.

This Side Of Jordan is a story of another America, eighty years distant yet familiar, too, a vibrant and scandalous tapestry of eccentric characters from a nation embroiled in criminal liquor traffic, thrilled by Jazz Age fads and frolic, drunk amid the glittering showgrounds of a booming circus whose flag-topped tents are about to come down. Through mayhem and merriment, past the violence and hypocrisy of Prohibition, along miles of dirt roads and busy Main Streets, we see in this wonderfully evocative narrative a simple yearning for love and hope. This Side Of Jordan is about the distance we travel in America to find our rightful place.

This Side of Jordan is Monte Schulz's second novel. His first, Down by the River, was published by Viking in 1991. Library Journal raved that it compared to Stand by Me and Twin Peaks, and seemed "ready-made for Hollywood." He spent ten years writing Crossing Eden, from which This Side of Jordan is drawn as the first of three interconnected novels; the second and third, Fields of Eden and The Big Town, will be published in 2010 and 2011.

Monte Schulz received his M.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in Northern California. He is the eldest son of Charles M. Schulz (PEANUTS).

 

THIS SIDE OF JORDAN

By Monte Schulz

$22.99 Hardcover • 320 pages

ISBN 978-1-60699-296-8

PUBLICATION DATE: September 23, 2009

 

Karasik & Fletcher Hanks Hit the Road!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher Hanksevents 24 Aug 2009 11:45 AM

  

Presently the only way to get a cool Fletcher Hanks coloring book (with a swell cover by Charles Burns) is to either order "You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!" via Fantagraphics OR get a copy by showing up at one of Paul Karasik's signings.

At these signing Paul will be presenting "The Fletcher Hanks Experience," an illustrated tour over the brutally surreal Hanks landscape narrated by Fletcher Hanks, Jr.

August 26, 7:30: Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Tisbury, MA
September 3, 5:00: West Tisbury Library, West Tisbury, MA
September 16, 7:00 The Strand Bookstore, NYC, NY
September 27 SPX, Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD
October 18 7:00: Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC



Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? Opening for Harvey Danger this Sat.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPeter Baggeevents 24 Aug 2009 10:32 AM

Some exciting news from Peter Bagge:

Can You Imagine? illo by Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge and Steve Fisk's pop music combo "Can You Imagine?" will  be opening for Harvey Danger at Seattle's Crocodile Club this Sat., Aug. 29th for what's being billed as HD's last performance (and they MEAN it this time!).  They'll be performing at an earlier 5 pm show, where HD will be doing a "quiet" set -- a perfect time for fuddy-duddies who like to go to bed early!

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online here:

http://thecrocodile.com/index.html?page=calendar&event=1963880

(The 8pm show is sold out).

Video: Kupperman at the Strand
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoMichael Kuppermanevents 19 Aug 2009 4:55 PM

 Michael Kupperman at the Strand Bookstore

Watch Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle reading last night at the Strand Bookstore in streaming video at the Strand website. There's no direct link, but look for the link on the player under "Recent Highlights" or "Highlights." The man does great voices!

Dame Darcy's busy schedule
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDame Darcy 19 Aug 2009 12:26 PM

Dame Darcy Pony Club flyer

Dame Darcy has posted an update to her busy, busy art/music/performance schedule, with no fewer than 10 events scheduled in Portland, Olympia and Seattle between now and the end of October, starting with a cabaret performance in Portland TONIGHT!

Kupperman at the Strand TONIGHT!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 18 Aug 2009 6:43 AM

The must-see comics event of the weekMichael Kupperman will performs his way through several of his comics, including one in 3-D! And yes, glasses will be provided. 

Eroyn Franklin book release party Aug. 22
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Aug 2009 3:54 PM

Eroyn Franklin book release party announcement

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates publication of Eroyn Franklin's ambitious graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory.

 

August 12, 2009 - Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery continues its summer celebration of Seattle cartoonists with a signing and book launch party for Eroyn Franklin's new graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Produced with the support of the Xeric Foundation and Allied Arts, this 216 page book consists of striking hand cut images, with an individually die-cut silkscreen cover in a numbered edition of 1,000 copies.

Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory is a revealing examination of the artist's transition from adolescence to adulthood. Franklin's impressionistic narrative complements the austere hand cut imagery in her exquisitely crafted autobiography. Original pages from Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory are included in the bookstore's current exhibition "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists."

Franklin was awarded a prestigious Xeric grant in 2008 to assist with production of this project. Past recipients of funding from the Xeric Foundation, which supports publishing efforts of emerging cartoonists, include notable Seattle artists Ellen Forney, Megan Kelso and David Lasky, who are also featured in the exhibition "Comics Savants."

Please join us on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as Fantagraphics Books continues its commitment to promoting the work of promising regional cartoonists with a party honoring Franklin's impressive achievement. The artists will sign copies of the newly minted graphic novel as well as her equally superb handcrafted mini comic The Here.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 until 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Eroyn Franklin book signing

Saturday, August 22, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
www.fantagraphics.com

Eroyn Franklin artwork



Dame Darcy doin's
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDame Darcy 12 Aug 2009 12:47 PM

Death by Doll show poster

Dame Darcy's band Death by Doll has a show in Seattle this Saturday, so as DD says, "don't miss the rococo-psychedelic art/death rock fun!" Plus, the multifarious and multitalented Dame has concocted a new fragrance for men called Sexy Summer Man -- all details on concert and cologne are at her blog.

Jim Blanchard's Personality Parade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Blanchardeventsart shows 10 Aug 2009 4:34 PM

Jim Blanchard Personality Parade flyer

Next month Jim Blanchard marches into Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle with a solo exhibit of his Pop Cult portraits. More info at Jim's blog. Marty Feldman, baby!

CLBDF presents Dash Shaw & Co. this Sat.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 10 Aug 2009 1:33 PM

Conversational Comics flyer

Saturday August 15: Dash Shaw, Austin English & Lisa Hanawalt in discussion at Union Pool in Brooklyn as part of the Conversational Comics series.