Join us at City Lit Books as we welcome authors Greg Gerke, James Tadd Adcox, and Megan Kirby as they read and discuss their works.
Gloriously meta, My Brooklyn Writer Friend ventures inside the many minds of the writer. Laying bare the struggle with beginnings, the trouble with endings and every hard-earned narrative step in between, Greg Gerke appreciates that whether writing into truth or lie, what matters is character. Neurotic and funny, earnest and obscure, the voices that echo in these short short stories resound with a clarion honesty that remains—and provokes and teases and endears—long after the final page is turned.
“If you put Lydia Davis, Etgar Keret, and Philip Roth’s Portnoy in a blender you might get Greg Gerke’s quirkily neurotic, hilariously honest voice in My Brooklyn Writer Friend. All the writing about writing probably won’t play in Peoria, but luckily he lives in Brooklyn, believes in truth in advertising and his very short stories are weird and wildly engaging.”
– Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and What’s Never Said
Greg Gerke's fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, LIT, Film Quarterly, and others. He lives in Brooklyn. http://www.queensferrypress.com/books/mybrooklynwriterfriend.html
Does Not Love, set in an archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox's debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling after a series of miscarriages, Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her husband Robert becomes enmeshed in an elaborate conspiracy designed to look like a drug study.
James Tadd Adcox's first book The Map of the System of Human Knowledge was published in 2012 by Tiny Hardcore Press. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Literary Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and Another Chicago Magazine.
Megan Kirby lives and writes in Chicago. You can find her bylines in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Hobart, Bitch Magazine and more. She also self-publishes a few zines. One is about The NeverEnding Story.