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the latest: from Becoming Westerly by Jamie Brisick

For the next day and a half, Westerly is radiant.

. . .In the trashy, ginormous shopping center she tries on discount jeans, poses like a pin-up girl for Nick and me, bursts into a tango with the smiling salesgirl. Through the gardens near the Royal Palace she literally smells roses, chats up tourists. When Nick asks her to walk across a long footbridge that stretches over a busy intersection again and again and again so he can shoot various angles of it, she is happy to oblige.”

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June 19
A Book of Uncommon Prayer, reading and launch party, hosted by George Bishop, Jr., Press Street Gallery, New Orleans

June 10 - 14
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, Wesleyan Writers Conference

June 12
Michelle Herman, Like A Song: Essays, Columbus Arts Fest, Columbus, OH

June 28
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

July 17
Flatiron Writers Group, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, Malaprop's Books, Asheville, NC

July 23
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, Taylor Books, Charleston, WV

July 28
Jamie Brisick, Becoming Westerly, Huck Magazine book party, London

July 30 - Aug 2
Jamie Brisick, Becoming Westerly, Port Elliot Festival, Cornwall

Aug 6
Jamie Brisick, Becoming Westerly, Pilgrim Surf & Supply, Williamsburg

Aug 7
Jamie Brisick, Becoming Westerly, Pilgrim Surf & Supply, Amagansett

Oct 4
David Winner, Tyler's Last, KGB Reading Series, New York


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what folks are saying

"a remarkable and riveting investigation of human identity in all of its complexities " - Richard McCann on Jamie Brisick's Becoming Westerly

"it is a gift to find such candor and honesty" - VQR on Michelle Herman

"swift, merciless, unsparing" - Honor Moore on Lisa Reisman

"gorgeously wrought prose and a moral ambiguity so perfectly deployed" - Lauren Groff on Alison Wellford's Indolence

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