Jim will be reading from his newly completed novel, The Condor's Shadow (a story of twisted courage and a struggle for connection) and from his recently published novel, Problems of Translation, which Gary Shteyngart called "an insanely amusing adventure," as well as a bit from Soil, Sand, Stories, a book of linked short stories he's currently completing.
Lesley's novel, The Best Place To Be, was called "delightfully, crushingly funny" by The New York Times, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The New York Times, and many other publications. She teaches fiction at The Writers Studio here in New York. Click for details.
A Shelf Unbound Notable Book available in paperback and as an ebook, Jim's recently published novel has been generating a lot of buzz:
"An insanely amusing adventure that has a deep love of language at its belly-shaking core."
"Exceptional, original, deftly crafted from beginning to end, ... an inherently fascinating, unique, funny, and compelling read ...very highly recommended..."
"...a merry, yearlong chase around the globe....A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
"...practically every paragraph twinkles with humor...erudite from start to finish...pretty much perfectly done."
— Ron Story (no relation!), Emeritus Professor at
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author
of Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
"In this comic masterpiece, an adventure, a mystery story of intrigue, betrayal and total absurdity, we take a wild ride with Charles Abel Baker (Charlie) through the underside of the literary world into the underside of multiple other worlds as he stumbles and careens into all kinds of trouble in an obsessive pursuit of his Dream. . . . And then there are those wonderful, occasional sex scenes -- hot as they are ridiculous-- that for me at least are a total turn on."
— Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy and
co-creator of the litmag And Then
"Jim Story's name says it all: he was meant to be a writer. I've never met an author more dedicated to his craft. I hope everyone reads this book!"
— Hannah Tinti, author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,
The Good Thief and Animal Crackers;
co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story
"A fascinating look at the issues of translation, publishing, and an unglamorous middle-age."
— Edith Grossman, award-winning translator of Cervantes,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa
"This aptly named author serves up not just one story, but a series of adventures as entertaining as they are unlikely. Jim Story is a skillful writer with an engaging style, a turbulent imagination, a seemingly inexhaustible fund of cultural and literary lore, and a passion--indeed, as he calls it, a 'reverence'--for language."
— Hilary Orbach, Transgressions and Other Stories