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Left Bank Books Presents: An evening with Ron Austin & James Brubaker

Thursday, October 10, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ron Austin, Avery Colt is a Snake a Thief and a LiarLeft Bank Books presents local author, 2016 Reginal Arts Commision fellow, and the 2017 Nilsen Prize-winner Ron A. Austin, who will sign and discuss his new semi-autobiographical story collection, Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar. Ron Will be in conversation with local author James Brubaker, who recently released his new book The Taxidermist's Catalog.

Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.

Ron A. Austin's short stories have been placed in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize. Austin's work has garnered a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship and a special mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology. As co-director of the River Styx Reading Series, he strives to share local and national literary talent. He, his partner Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis.

For music journalist Daniel Morus the notion that things could be going better is a double album-sized understatement. He finds himself on the wrong side of a brief second marriage, professionally irrelevant, and facing the last act of his life with few friends and little prospect for fulfillment—never mind happiness. His one remaining pleasure is the folk music he’s spent the better part of his career listening to and writing about, especially the work of 1970s wunderkind Jim Toop, who enthralled audiences with lyrics that even after decades bristle with the kind of authenticity that can change a person’s life. The same Jim Toop whose career was cut short when he mysteriously disappeared on a desert highway while driving to his next show, providing fodder for generations of conspiracy theorists. So when he’s approached by the editor of Folk! Magazine with the job of authenticating what might be the lost studio tape of Toop’s final, unreleased album, The Taxidermist’s Catalog, he jumps at the chance to do something that feels valuable again. Joined by a teenaged Toop enthusiast who calls himself Fox Mulder, Morus travels in the musician’s footsteps, interviewing friends and family members as he makes his way towards Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where what he discovers about Jim Toop has the power to transform more than one life.

James Brubaker lives in St. Louis with his wife and cat. He is the author of three story collections, Pilot SeasonLiner Notes, and Black Magic Death Sphere: (science) fiction. His new novel, The Taxidermist’s Catalog, was published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2019. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in venues including Zoetrope: All StoryHobartBoothMichigan Quarterly ReviewBeloit Fiction Journal, and The Collagist, among other venues. He teaches writing and directs the University Press at Southeast Missouri State University.James Brubaker lives in St. Louis with his wife and cat. He is the author of three story collections, Pilot SeasonLiner Notes, and Black Magic Death Sphere: (science) fiction. His new novel, The Taxidermist’s Catalog, was published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2019. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in venues including Zoetrope: All StoryHobartBoothMichigan Quarterly ReviewBeloit Fiction Journal, and The Collagist, among other venues. He teaches writing and directs the University Press at Southeast Missouri State University.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

 

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar (Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781732039919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Southeast Missouri State Univ Press - October 1st, 2019

Black Magic Death Sphere: (science) Fictions (Kilgore Trout #2) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781988214238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Urban Farmhouse Press - November 1st, 2018