Join us for a reading with Mark Polanzak, author of The OK End of Funny Town on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30 PM, in conversation with Konner Wilson.
** We will be gathering virtually on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82301386390?pwd=QVA5cVpmWFVGS3NOWkpib3pYZmJJQT09
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A fastidious pet robot with a knack for knitting. A soporific giant pitching camp in the middle of a city. A mysterious mime whose upcoming performance has the whole town on edge.
The stories in Mark Polanzak's BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning The OK End of Funny Town stitch fantastic situations into the drab fabric of everyday life. Polanzak delights in stretching every boundary he encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at the New Community School, to the ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine.
Wondrous yet familiar, The OK End of Funny Town excavates the layers between our collective obsession with passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection.
Winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize
One of BuzzFeed's Fifteen Small Press Books To Kick Off Your 2020 Reading Season
"Polanzak's collection is rich and packed with visionary tales that are sure to entertain speculative fiction readers." --Booklist
Mark Polanzak is the author of the story collection, The OK End of Funny Town, which won the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize, and the hybrid fiction/memoir, POP!. His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The American Scholar, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. A founding editor of draft: the journal of process, Mark teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives and writes in Salem, MA.