There are seven stories I read at least once a year, for pleasure and in the same very rational spirit that infertile males of certain old (and new) world tribes have eaten rhinoceros horns and tiger penises, hoping that imbibing a thing of a certain shape and power will transfer the shape and power upon the imbiber. One of those stories is Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Each time he follows that woman through the streets of Paris, dreaming she is his first love, hoping she will not...Forward
This week I review Poe Ballantine’s memoir Love & Terror On The Howling Plains Of Nowhere (Hawthorne Books, 2013). It is the final post in a series discussing representations of autism in contemporary literature. My first post (which you can read here) focused on Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump. While acknowledging the contribution of Higashida’s text, I noted the limitations of the singular account given the spectrum nature of autism. In my second post (which you can read here) I...Forward
Critically acclaimed Australian Patrick Holland visits the U.S. for the first time to promote his novel, The Mary Smokes Boys. Mr. Holland joins Dwyer to discuss life in rural Australia, the vibrance of the people in Vietnam, being homeless in Japan, his take on America for the first time and ambient literature. Mr. Holland is a very unique, brilliant and must read writer.
Listen to the interview at Feral Audio.
Matt Dwyer is a comedian, actor and writer who has been a staple in the...Forward
PORTLAND’S Hawthorne Books has been quietly exercising great taste for years now, publishing authors like Monica Drake, Tom Spanbauer, and Poe Ballantine. In addition to their oversized format and distinctive French flaps, Hawthorne’s books are characterized by strong, iconoclastic authorial voices, in both intensely personal memoirs and in novels that’d be unlikely to find a champion at safer, more conventional publishers.—Alison Hallett, The Portland Mercury
Independent publishing house Hawthorne Books today announced the availability of The Mary Smokes Boys by Patrick Holland on February 1, 2014.
- Longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award
- Shortlisted for 2011 The Age Book of the Year
- A 2011 Australian Book Review Book of the Year
- A 2011 Adelaide Advertiser Book of the Year
- A 2011 Readings Book of the Year
The Mary Smokes Boys is a gem. The writing is absolutely terrific and the characters distinct and deftly revealed. And the story...Forward