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SHAKEN by Nita Noveno & Sara Lippmann


Come Loose and Fly Away by Kathy Fish

A Car Ride of Second Chances by Len Kuntz

The Joseph of Arimathea Center for Secret Believers by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

He-Man and a Girl Named Larry by Rae Bryant


Family Dinner the Week of the Connecticut Shooting on the Sunday Jake Adam York Died by Michael Copperman

And Am I Born to Die? by Brian Gersten

The Toot by Dean Kostos


Pünktlichkeit by Erika Dreifus

All Are Equal In the Fall by Stash Hempeck

Stroking the Pigeon by Patricia Spears Jones


Leigh Newman by Nita Noveno


Cover Photo by Marie-Jeanne Fethiere

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Chicago | September 28, 2014

September is just around the corner and we’re thrilled because it means we’ll be bringing you five outstanding authors (one more than usual) and we’ll be seeing you! Please join us! September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. in Chicago.

Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and …

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We’re back! The end of summer is just the beginning of more exciting literary celebrations! We’re over the moon to welcome to the stage four newly-published Dock Street Press authors, an award-winning poet, and a beloved musical guest. Come raise a glass or two to shiny, new books and electrifying literary & musical talent! Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Dane Bahr is the editor of Dock Street Press. He lives in …

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An Interview with Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins (Akashic Books, 2009), Days of Awe (Random House, 2001) and two other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2007), was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited, and translated into English, Havana Noir (Akashic Books, 2007), a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation into Spanish of Junot Diaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2009)/La Breve y Maravillos Vida de Oscar Wao (Vintage/Mondadori) was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benitez Translation Prize from the national

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{REVIEWED} Ask the Dust

By René Georg Vasicek
Ask the Dust is a dangerous book. Arturo Bandini, the narrator, is a terrorist of the mind. He explodes reality and makes you believe in the urgency of now: “Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.”

I didn’t think literature was possible in Los Angeles, and then I read Ask the Dust (1939) by John Fante. At the time I thought I was finished with American novels, too busy devouring the Europeans: Knut Hamsun, Robert Musil, Bohumil Hrabal, Thomas Bernhard, W.G. Sebald. Then one day I was killing time at the New York Public …

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