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Chris Abani's Vehicle for Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The theme of The Mercantile Library’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture series is “writing to change the world.” Few writers live up to that idea better than Chris Abani, who was imprisoned in his native Nigeria after the publication of his first novel, 1985’s Masters of the Board.   

Word Wizard

Michael Griffith’s latest novel employs a dazzling array of stylistic quirks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Michael Griffith’s singular new novel, Trophy, opens with this succinct sentence: “Vada Prickett is a corpse.” What follows is not nearly as blunt or immediately discernible — a wild, meta-licious ride rife with puns, crafty word play, digressions, metaphors, tangents and puzzles, all of which eventually lead back to Vada, a 29-year-old “Hose Associate” at a car wash in South Carolina.  

Immaculata on Mt. Adams (Review)

James Steiner [Mt. Adams Publishing]

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Author Jim Steiner has done more than write the history of a church — he has demonstrated the flavor of a small neighborhood deeply steeped in Catholicism but divided by heritage.  

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