OutWrite presents readings from four authors: Everett Maroon, Risa Denenberg, David Eye & Craig L. Gidney. Moderated by Joe Okonkwo. RSVP on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Books:
In The Unintentional Time Traveler, Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he'll never get a driver's license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline—but Jack presumes this is a hallucination and expects to wake up in the clinical trial lab. When he doesn't, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love and is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself.
In Bereft, Rafael Fannen is a 13-year old boy who has won a minority scholarship to an all male Catholic school. When he gets there, he bonds with a classmate named Tomas against the racism and classism of their fellow students and their teachers. But in addition to the culture shock, Rafe also has to deal with his burgeoning sexuality. Rafe is caught staring at Toby, an attractive and charismatic classmate, and Toby begins a relentless campaign of bullying and violence. When Rafe decides to fight back and take control of his life, the lives of everyone around him will change—none more than his own.
Jazz Moon begins a sweltering summer night in 1925, when beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation, and he finds himself drawn to Baby Back Johnson, the trumpeter—and to Paris, where Baby Back says everything is happening. From chic Parisian cafes to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.
About the Authors:
Everett Maroon is a memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and went through an English literature master’s program there. He is the author of Bumbling into Body Hair and The Unintentional Time Traveler.
Risa Denenberg is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians. She has published three chapbooks and two full length books of poetry, most recently, "Whirlwind @ Lesbos" (Headmistress Press, 2016). "A Slight Faith", her third poetry collection, is forthcoming from MoonPath Press.
David Eye's first book of poems, Seed, was chosen by award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral for The Word Works, an independent press based in Washington, DC. It will be released in early 2017. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in BLOOM, Cider Press Review, The Good Men Project, Hunger Mountain, Lambda Literary, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere. davideye.org
Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), and the Young Adult novel Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013).
Joe Okonkwo's debut novel Jazz Moon, set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, was published by Kensington Books in 2016. David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife has called Jazz Moon "A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris — a moving story of traveling far to find oneself."