Author Archives: Jim

DREDGING UP THE PAST

Back in the summer of ’89 I earned a month-long stint at the Edward Albee Center at Montauk Point. It was an exhilarating and productive time, with a lot of highlights, including being feted at my birthday dinner by Edward … Continue reading

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Jim Story & Celeste Baker: May 11th, 6-7:30, Cornelia St. Café

Come join Celeste Rita Baker and me at the Cornelia St. Café for a delightful early-evening reading of new fiction! I’ll be reading from my soon-to-be-completed next novel, The Condor’s Shadow, and from Problems of Translation, my recently published novel, called “An insanely amusing … Continue reading

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ZIG ZAG, BIPPITY BUMP: ALONG COMES LUCIA BERLIN

Now along comes Lucia Berlin. Or here she always was, I guess, only I didn’t know it. Poor lady only had a couple of thousand readers, by one estimate. Deserved, deserves many more. Wrote in short, snappy sentences. Black or … Continue reading

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MIA ALVAR’S “IN THE COUNTRY”–HOW DO I LIKE IT? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…

Each of the nine stories in Mia Alvar’s absorbing first collection grabs you from the start and lingers long after you’ve finished. Scrutinize as you will with your Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass, it’s hard to find a bad line or … Continue reading

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ALL ABOARD for Watching VIDEO PERFORMANCES of PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION!

A belated thanks to everyone who came out for my reading a month ago (October 6th) at the Cornelia Street Café. For those who weren’t able to come, videos of that performance are now available not only on my website but on … Continue reading

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HEADS UP! MY NEXT READING IS OCTOBER 6!

Mark your calendars! October 6 is the date of my next reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe, and I’m inviting everyone within earshot to come. It’s a Tuesday, and it will be held from 6-7:30 in their wonderful downstairs reading … Continue reading

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Girl At War — A Must Read

The title says it all. Sara Nović’s novel, Girl at War, is a compelling account of Ana, a ten-year old Croatian girl living in Zagreb, and her shocking, life-changing experiences during the cruelty and carnage that overtook her country and … Continue reading

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TWO FOR ONE: ALL THE LIGHT IT’S STILL CRUCIAL TO SEE

It seems remarkable to me—an almost spooky coincidence, as a matter of fact— that the two best books I’ve read this summer were produced by two authors who were both offering workshops at the same time in the same place—the … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF JIM SHEPARD’S “THE BOOK OF ARON”

(A number of people have asked about the review I did a couple of months ago of Jim Shepard’s novel The Book of Aron.  So for those of you who missed it the first time, here it is again.) I … Continue reading

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A Thank You and a Promise

A heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in the free-ebook promotion of my novel, Problems of Translation, this past July 2-4!  Many thanks to those who shared the information about the promotion, and of course, to those who downloaded … Continue reading

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