Archive | September, 2006

Orca Books – kick(kickball) – Stacey Levine – Matt Briggs – Corrina Wycoff


OLYMPIA – SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH AT 4 P.M. (FREE) — Join Clear Cut Press on the occasion the release of my first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, the release of Levine’s second novel, Frances Johnson, and the upcoming release of Corrina Wycoff first story collection, O Street (from Other Voices Books). We will be reading. Stacey will have a lit-game. Singing and music will be been provided by kick(kickball). I hope you will join us at Orca Books 509 E 4th Ave in downtown Olympia, WA, between Jefferson and Cherry Streets.

[Download a PDF of the handbill if you are at all interested.]

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Reading At White Center – October 5th

I’ll be reading from <a href=””Shoot the Buffalo my recent novel from Clear Cut Press at the White Center King County Public Library Branch at 7 p.m. next Thursday, October 5th. (11220 16th S.W. * Seattle 98146 * 206-243-0233) The reading is free.

White Center is the even more working class neighborhood than the working class neighborhood of West Seattle.

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Earwig MP3 at MacJams


I’ve posted a reading of my story “Earwig” from my book, The Moss Gatherers, at MacJams. MacJams describes itself as “an online community of people who are interested in creating or presently create music using the Macintosh platform, as well as people who are interested in listening to such music.” The site is very large and has hundreds of great songs and other audio artifacts.

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Review of Peter Carey’s Theft


“For five summers we had a NORMAL LIFE,” Hugh Bones says in Peter Carey’s new novel Theft: A Love Story. He says this after a tranquil period of operating a lawn service with his brother, Michael “Butcher” Bones, a failed superstar painter. In this period outside of Butcher’s pursuit of his art career, he and his brother manage to live life. For my review at The WaterBridge Review.

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Frances Johnson & Shoot the Buffalo finalists for Washington State Book Award

The winner for fiction was: “A Sudden Country” by Karen Fisher, of Lopez Island (Random House). The Finalists were: ‘The Testing of Luther Albright” by MacKenzie Bezos, of Bellevue (Fourth Estate), “Shoot the Buffalo” by Matt Briggs, of Des Moines, Wash. (Clear Cut Press), “Frances Johnson” by Stacey Levine, of Portland, Ore. (Portland?) (Clear Cut Press), “My Jim” by Nancy Rawles, of Seattle (Crown), and “Citizen Vince” by Jess Walter, of Spokane (Regan Books).

The full press release here.

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In Portland, Last Phase One at the Towne Lounge


Garett Strickland is moving his great reading series in Portland from its digs at the Towne Lounge. This Sunday, September 24th will be the last installment. There is a great all night coffee shop nearby. At the end of the street, there is an actual forest right in the middle of Portland. The Towne Lounge (714 SW 20th PL 8:00 P.M. FREE!), one block up from PGE Park, where Morrison merges with Burnside. Large building with pillars, door on the left with ‘LOUNGE’ spelled out right above.

This is one of the few reading series that features writers from both Seattle and Portland in Portland on a regular basis. It promises to create greater peace and understanding between our two warring cities. This Sunday Portland writer Monica Drake (the only writer to ever publish an entire novel in The Stranger) will read alongside Seattle writer Doug Nufer. There is even music. The line up:

Monica Drake
Cynthia Nelson
Eric Greenwalt
Doug Nufer
and Swallows

And here is the new Phase One Web site.

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Diana George, Stacey Levine

Chiasmus Press will be at Elliott Bay on Sept 30 with Stacey Levine and Diana George and other local contributors to the collection of deviant prose found around the Pacific Northwest. Diana George hasn’t been reading much lately and is always a quiet and funny reader of her excellent stories. Saturday September 30, Elliot Bay Book Company, 3 p.m.

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Golden Shower: Stealing Your Misery For The Lord

Occasionally a feeling of depression or melancholia will fall over me. It often happens when I have work that requires deep concentration for many days in a row. I’ve been at work working on a very long manual. Then something in the real, or rather non-work world, happens that isn’t so good or I get worked up about something, and I slip into melancholia. It lasts for six hours or so and passes. During this period I become deeply self-involved in the miseries of my life, the decay of my body, the abscesses in my teeth; for example, the sudden limp I’ve acquired for some reason. I prefer to think of it as melancholia because there some irony to how intensely I feel this bought of depression. I will think to myself, “I am in a black mood.”

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Some Fall Readings

I’m going to be reading around the Pacific Northwest this fall and early next winter from Shoot the Buffalo.

White Center – King County Public Library
11220 16th S.W.; Seattle, Washington
Thursday, October 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Orca Books
509 E 4th Ave; Olympia, Washington
Sunday October 8th, 4:00 p.m.

North Bend Library – King County Public Library
115 E. 4th In the Snoqualmie Valley
Tuesday, October 17th 7:00 p.m.

Jacksons Books
320 Liberty St SE; Salem, Oregon
Thursday October 26th, 7:00 p.m.

Spin the Bottle : 60 Seconds Max
Oddfellows Hall 915 E. Pine St. on Capitol Hill; Seattle, Washington
Friday, Nov 3, 11 p.m.

Vashon Island – King County Public Library
17210 Vashon Hwy. S.W.; Vashion, Washington
Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m.

Watermark Books
Anacortes, Washington
Sunday November 19th, 5:00 p.m.

Federal Way Regional Library – King County Public Library
34200 1st Way S.; Federal Way, Washington
Thursday, November 26th, 2:00 p.m.

Henry Art Gallery: Take the Cake
Seattle, Washington
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.

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Stacey Levine on Bookworm

Michael Silverblatt at KCRW’s Bookworm has recently interviewed John Updike, Carlos Fuentes, and David Mitchell. This last June when Clear Cut Press visited LA he interviewed Stacey Levine. The interview just aired and has been posted here.

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