Reading and discussion with renowned author Barry Gifford to celebrate the release of THE ROY STORIES

November 21, 2013 2:26pm


Thursday, November 21st @ 7:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Barry Gifford will be at City Lights Books on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, and his first full-length novel Landscape With Traveler, in print for the first time in fifteen years.

Barry will be joined by novelist, singer & songwriter, Willy Vlautin.

Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

Landscape with Traveler, written as the protagonist’s diary, recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of America from the 1930s through 1970s.

 Barry Gifford, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Beginning his literary career as a poet, Gifford’s most recent prose works include Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship. 

 “Like Hemingway, Saroyan, Kerouac, and Salinger…Gifford has a style. He is a great comic realist who…has seized the still-live vein of that American realism which began with Mark Twain.”—Andrei Codrescu, National Public Radio

“Gifford cuts right through the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining. . . . The way Barry Gifford does it, it’s high art.”—Elmore Leonard

“Barry Gifford was, is, and always shall be an American Original. His work evokes so many sensibilities, from the Beats to noir to social realism to post modernism to cinematic, both stirring up ghosts and invoking the future.”—Richard Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers

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