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Month: May 2019

Book Review: The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin

The raw language, powerful and harsh in its unadorned simplicity, matches the desolate landscape, both rural and urban, and the severeness of life for two working class brothers in Willy Vlautin’s novel The┬áMotel Life. Deep loyalty, and a promise made as teenagers to their dying mother to stick together, make Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan inseparable, as they live in…

A reading from my book “I Have Demons” in Cape Vincent, New York

On May 4th, I took my passport, a coffee and a small piece of Ontario over to New York’s North Country, arriving in Cape Vincent to give a reading from my anthology of literary fiction, I Have Demons. What an engaged and welcoming group of local poets, writers and readers I found in this little village along the Saint Lawrence…