Coming up in London, Equus Press, Stork Press & 3AM Press present an evening with six contemporary novelists, ‘EUROPEAN FRONTLINE FICTION,’ Friday 16 November @ The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3BL–featuring: Louis ARMAND, A.M. BAKALAR, Lee ROURKE,Thor GARCIA, Stewart HOME &Philip TERRY–doors at 7.30, readings at 8pm. The following day, 5pm, Thor GARCIA & Louis ARMAND will also be reading at the annual SMALL PUBLISHERS’ FAIR @ Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL, UK.
Check out Jim Chaffee’s masterful review of Thor Garcia’s THE NEWS CLOWN, ‘A Sickness Called America,’ in the latest issue of nthposition: “This is a dark novel, though not painted as such. Less irascible than Celine, it nonetheless portrays a sick society. Sicker than what Celine presents, for certain, but then the world is sicker now than in Celine’s day by any rational measure…. In a single news article, Garcia captures the US as a society: ‘In tune with an increasingly mentally-ill society, America’s leaders are demonstrably the most warmongering on the planet. They appear bent on a course of foreign policy blundering and fiscal mismanagement that is almost certain to lead to bankruptcy and the irreversible decline, if not total impoverishment, of the nation and its people. The US population, crippled by its mental illness and made impotent by conglomerate control of the mass media, appears incapable of offering any meaningful resistance when their politicians nonsensically announce the start of another oversees war in the ‘interests of peace and free markets,’ but which only serves to further endanger the future livelihood of the average American citizen.’ Amen.”