Archive | October, 2005

Reading at Powells World of Books

I will be reading in Portland, Oregon, at Powell’s World of Books in Burside with the novelist Stacey Levine on Monday the 7th of Nov, 7:30PM.

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Report on Reading at Elliott Bay

My household ran out of toilet paper. We purchase many of these staple supplies from CostCo, mainly because I hate going to the grocery store, my wife does not drive, and the ritual of procuring palettes of staple supplies produces in me a sense of well being and ease. To know I have enough toilet paper and rice to last a typhoon puts me at peace.

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Trapdoor 62 and Hugo House

Christopher Frizzelle, The Stranger writes about Trapdoor 62 and a bit about the “mysterious” goings on at Richard Hugo House.

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Review of Shoot the Buffalo in The Seattle Times

Nisi Shawl writes: “Shoot the Buffalo” is a small, perfect book about large, messy things. … Laying out his larger themes without trickiness or pretension, Briggs pins them in place using vivid particularities.

Read the rest of the review on The Seattle Times web site.

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Theater Schmeater opens a ‘Trapdoor’ to surreal slumber

What does Seattle dream of? Well, our waking dreams may consist
of things like having a monorail or a nightlife that extends
beyond 1 a.m., but in our slumber, we’re an anxious bunch. Read
on the rest of the article in The Seattle PI.

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Trapdoor62 on Komo

You’re standing in the middle of a crowd at Seattle Center, and everyone’s pointing and staring because you’re completely naked!

Don’t worry, it was just a dream, but it may actually mean something.

“I would call that an anxiety dream,” says Seattle writer Stacey Levine, who also interprets dreams. “I think just because it’s (a dream) in a symbolic language doesn’t mean that it’s meaningless.”

Hear the story at Komo News

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Upcoming Fall Events for Shoot the Buffalo and Frances Johnson

Stacey Levine and I will be reading throughout the region below the 48th parallel this fall from our recently released Clear Cut novels. We will be performing alongside a number of excellent writers and musicians including Denis Johnson (at Trapdoor62 on 10/20) and The Watery Graves (at Elliott Bay on 10/27).

Also, Stacey’s novel (Frances Johnson) was recently reviewed in
The San Francisco Bay Guardian and my novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Schedule of Events

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Third Annual Stranger Genius Awards

I enjoy these things. As a writer I think I am supposed to eschew them and complain about how they distract from the work of writing novels and short stories.

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Book Review of Hardboiled & Hard Luck

In Kitchen, published almost twenty years ago, Banana Yoshimoto collected two short works about life and death in modern Japan. She has since become internationally known with eight books of close observation about grief and the hesitant spirituality of young people.
Read complete review in The WaterBridge Review

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KGB Bar with Kate Benson and David Levinson

This from The New York Sun: Fire and ice took center stage Sunday at KGB Bar. Matt Briggs, author of “Shoot the Buffalo” (Clear Cut Press), read a fictional scene about hypothermia, while David Levinson, author of “Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will” (Gardners Books), read a story about a woman who ritually burns her deceased son’s belongings as part of her grieving process. Kate Benson, author of “Two Harbors” (Harvest Books), also read. Her literary agent was spotted in the audience.

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