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Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

Reading “WHAT BEAUTY” in the old Roman basement

Last night my first public reading of “What Beauty” happened without a glitch at Shakespeare & Sons on the banks of the Vltava (or near enough). The management is very laid back there: no cost to authors, a great space in its well-lit basement with sounds of passing boats coming through the window overlooking the tributary of this mighty Bohemian river bisecting Prague, and time enough to do what we wanted.

I welcomed the guests with wine & cheese, and we talked awhile, mingled, before getting the program underway. Cal Rambler introduced me to the group on hand on this perfect Friday evening, while Asia photographed the scene, and then I began my reading — a selection of three grouped episodes that highlight Minus Orth, his love of dogs, the whiff of a bag lady, and trying to get an introduction to see Karen Kosek, the woman of mystery in this novel of identity, art, and obsession. ….


What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.


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