April 2011: Ennis Smith has been selected as an Artist in Residence in Nonfiction at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony for the Summer 2011 Program.
The 250-acre Byrdcliffe Arts Colony is owned and operated by Byrdcliffe, a multi-arts cultural organization serving the Mid-Hudson Valley. In addition to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, founded in 1902, Byrdcliffe hosts local and national performances, exhibitions, and literary events in the Byrdcliffe Arts Center in the village of Woodstock.
|A special Knock Your Socks Off Sundays at Sunny’s Reading on March 6|
|Once again you are invited to hear some of the New York’s finest authors read in a beautiful waterfront bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
We’re shaking things up for the March reading. Instead of having three authors read from their own work, a larger group of writers (almost all of them alumni of the series) will read from someone else’swriting: a short excerpt of work that influenced them or that they wished they had written, and that knocked their socks off. Come on down to Sunny’s-your socks just might get knocked off too!
Please note: the voluntary donation for admission has changed to a required admission of $5. That’s still less than half the price of a movie! Thanks for your understanding.
|The February reading will feature:
Lauren Cerand, Independent book publicist and blogger
Marian Fontana, Memoirist, author of A Widow’s Walk: a Memoir of 9/11
Ernesto Quinonez, Novelist, author of Chango’s Fire and Bodega Dreams
Vijay Seshadri, Poet, author of The Long Meadow and Wild Kingdom
Ennis Smith, Essayist and blogger, ennissmith.com
Martha Southgate, Novelist, author of Third Girl From the Left and The Fall of Rome
Anya Ulinich, Novelist, author of Petropolis
Tom Zoellner, Nonfiction writer, author of Uranium and The Heartless Stone
|The series, co-sponsored by BookCourt bookstore (www.bookcourt.org) (718-875-3677), takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m at Sunny’s, a legendary old bar on the Brooklyn waterfront in Red Hook at 253 Conover Street (between Beard & Reed Streets). You can buy books and get them signed by the authors. REQUIRED ADMISSION: $5. The bar (cash) will be open. Free coffee and Italian pastries and cookies will be provided. Bar telephone (only available when the bar is open): 718-625-8211.|
Ganymede Stories One edited by John Stahle
TITLE: Ganymede Stories, Volume One
AUTHOR: John Stahle (editor)
PUBLISHER: Ganymede Books
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Review by Kassa
Annual anthology of short stories by gay male English-language writers from around the world featured in the first six issues of the gay men’s quarterly GANYMEDE. Illustrated with striking art photographs.
Ganymede Stories, Vol. One is a collection of 18 short stories that appeared in the first six issues of gay men’s quarterly GANYMEDE. This collection combines the stories together into one beautiful volume, complete with stunning black and white photography to compliment the stories. The authors include: Eric Karl Anderson, Marc Andreottola, Cyrus Cassells, Wayne Hoffman, B.R. Lyon, Ryan Doyle May, Sam J. Miller, Andrew J. Peters, Boris Pintar, Adam Jeffries Schwartz, Ennis Smith, John Stahle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charlie Vasquez, and Oscar Wilde.
The stories range from weird and bizarre to sweet and sentimental. The subjects tackled run the gamut of issues and complications facing gay men but more so, the collection offers a unique voice and literary viewpoint. The stories are not light and easy but thought provoking and contain a healthy amount of subtext to each of the offerings. Not all of the stories will be to all tastes, especially some of the more esoteric offerings, but the platform for such innovative thought and questioning is important in today’s media. The writing is eloquent and concise, without the need for wordy and lengthy description.
Equally as important as the writing are the exquisite photographs that accompany the stories. The black and white pictures are timely and fit each story, just as the variety in author photos provide a hint of whimsy and character. The art is treated with the same reverence and care as the writing and together produce an incredible collector’s item that will entice the senses and evoke emotion alongside thought.
This volume contains a little known story from Oscar Wilde while delighting with a great Robert Louis Stevenson tale. However juxtaposing those classics are innovative new voices offering seemingly cold and calculating tales of harm and confusion. Each is a highlight in its own right but the chilling and evocative tale from Sam J. Miller as well as Andrew J Peters whimsical fairy tale both create lasting memories with John Stahle’s delightful “Daphne and Fifi.” Dark, light, haunting, eerie, bizarre, humorous, romantic, dirty ~ this collection of stories offers something for every literary lover that desires the darker subtext beyond the surface of prose.
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Ennis reads “The Crying Man” at Happy Ending, June 25, 2010