Posts tagged “once you go back”
October 9, 2010October 9, 2010, 8:00PM, Martin Douglas will be the The Home Of. in Brooklyn, reading from his poetry collection, Once You Go Back. The Home Of is a rear house located one block from the 4th Avenue and 9th Street subway stop, serviced by the F, R, and G trains, in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. For more information on the exact location visit http://thehomeof.org/.
December 3, 2009Mattilda Berenstein Sycamore, author of So Many Ways To Sleep Badly, has chosen Douglas A. Martin's Once You Go Back as her favorite LGBT-related book of 2009. Here's what she says about it: Remember that time in your life when you didn’t know if you would ever learn how to breathe? No, you knew you were breathing, but you wondered if it would ever feel like it was supposed to. Douglas Martin nails the claustrophobia of growing up, somehow succeeding at delivering an adult’s voice with a child’s awareness, a voice at once aloof and familiar. Martin steers clear of the typical nostalgia in order to convey a loneliness so intimate that even a catalog of deteriorating home life becomes something almost like hope. And, the best part is that he doesn’t fuck it up at the end with some kind of tidy closure – yay, thank you! There's still plenty of time to let Douglas A. Martin's book become your favorite LGBT book of 2009 — get a copy of Once You Go Back from us today!
October 25, 2009
October 25, 7pm – 9pm, KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York City NY.
As part of the KGB Bar’s Sunday Night Fiction series, Douglas A. Martin will read from his new novel, Once You Go Back. With Victor Lodato.
For more information, see the KGB Bar events page.
October 17, 2009
October 17, 7pm, Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002. For more information, check Bluestockings’s events calendar.
August 27, 2009The training wheels come off in Douglas A. Martin’s latest novel, Once You Go Back, a coming-of-age tale that pedals through the trappings of childhood and adolescence with grace, despite rocky subject matter. From the outset, the book’s narrator asks the reader to “pretend you are my sister.” This begins as an innocent game, but the stakes grow higher as this boy and his sister are estranged from their abusive veteran father, displaced from their first home and left to struggle with their single mother in a not-so-imaginary world of making ends meet, making new friends and navigating developing sexualities in a repressed Southern community. In asking his readership to participate, Martin transforms what would otherwise be a hermetic first-person recollection, positioning his story as a shared experience. — from Meghan Roe's review of Once You Go Back
July 30, 2009
July 30, McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St. (b/t Lafayette & Mulberry) New York, NY 10012. For more information visit the McNally Jackson website.
July 9, 2009
July 9, 7:30pm, WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Douglas A. Martin, the author of Branwell, Outline of my Lover, and the newly-published Once You Go Back from Seven Stories, writes in his new book about the children of a transplanted working-class family dealing with violence, their own budding sexuality, and the strain of a home breaking apart.
Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central Winter and Like Shaking Hands with God (with Kurt Vonnegut), writes in his memoir Sleepaway School about the longing for family, his own experiences growing up in the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls home for at-risk kids, and the challenges of growing up within an extremely non-traditional institutional home.
Together for the first time at WORD in Brooklyn, Martin and Stringer will read from their respective work and discuss its common source—childhoods that run off the rails, exposing kids to forces that can equally destroy and nourish a young, creative life—as well as the process, the struggle, and the redemptive power of autobiographically-charged writing.
July 8, 2009Originally posted on the WORD website, here's a brief interview with the author of Once You Go Back, Douglas A. Martin.