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Short Story Salon and Signing with Mark Lyons

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in In The News | 0 comments

WILD RIVER BOOKS AND FRENCHTOWN’S BOOK GARDEN PARTNER FOR “SHORT STORIES SALON”  Pushcart Prize nominee, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant recipient, and director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, Mark Lyons builds “story shrines” along US highways, and depicts struggles and insights of undocumented Mexican immigrants, hospital “lifers,” returning veterans and highway philosophers, among other unforgettable characters. We invite you to celebrateBrief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines (Wild River Books: October, 2014)) a collection of stories that has already been named an “important landmark in the literature of multiculturalism” at Frenchtown’s, charming Book Garden located on 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown, NJ will take place at October 17th from 7-9pm. Award-winning author, Mark Lyons is also the director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project. “We are pleased to publish Mark Lyons’s beautifully-crafted, funny and moving collection of short stories. The collection taps into social issues such as displacement, immigration and post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by returning veterans, says Wild River Books co-founder, Joy E. Stocke, Stockton, NJ-resident. The collection of stories in Brief Eulogies constructs story shrines, or descansos (”resting places”) — intimate memorial shrines we glimpse at the edge of highways and rural roads that mark profound loss, but also serve as acts of redemption. A snake-handling preacher finds faith in a junkyard. A hitchhiker feasts on road kill with a hobo on the Great Plains and discovers the Cosmos. A Mexican-American Border Patrol officer arrests a mojado—a wetback—who asks him a question that makes him confront his own history. An artist whose paintings are rendered colorless by her abusive husband commits an act of vengeance and deliverance. Brief Eulogies are stories about communities and people finding ways to survive their histories, addictions, and fears. A collection that reminds us how our lives can change in an instant, usually when we’re not looking. Says Lyons, “The characters in my stories are real to me—I want the world to know them, to care about them with all the baggage and complications and contradictions they carry. Working with Wild River Books has been a quiet celebration, a reflection on our common love of stories that move people, of the power of voice, and the importance of getting it right.” Lyons is the Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project (PSP), where he uses digital storytelling in his work with teens and the immigrant community. In his most recent work with PSP, Project HOME, he produced a series of audio stories on homeless veterans, collaborating with photographer Harvey Finkle. Lyons` past literary work includes writing, translating and co-editing Espejos y Ventanas / Mirrors and Windows, Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families, published in English and Spanish. With twenty–five years of experience working in the Latino community as a health worker and community organizer, he was the director of the Farmworkers Health and Safety Institute. With a passion for community and storytelling, Lyons additionally serves as the editor of Open Borders, the Wild River Review series of immigrant stories.   “Short stories are probably the most under-appreciated art form yet they are so powerful. Mark’s book is fantastic and we are really looking forward to hearing some of these stories, as well those of other writers, read aloud. There is something magical about sharing stories this way,” says Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden. Short story writers are invited to come share some of their work during the signing and story salon on Oct. 17th from 7pm to 9pm. About the Book Garden: Community is at the core of this Indie bookshop where there is an ongoing Celebration of Stories through book clubs, author visits,...

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