Michael Martone on Thacker Mountain Radio with THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Lyric fictions by a master fabulist of America’s Midwest

The Moon over Wapakoneta is vintage Michael Martone, the visionary oracle of the American Midwest with the gift for discovering the marvelous in the mundane. In these stories, Martone shows us how traveling across time zones from Ohio to Indiana is a form of time travel; how a beer bottle can serve as a kind of telescope, how Amish might power their spaceships with windmills as they travel through space and time. These stories capture the paradox of feeling that one is in the heart of the country while at the same time in the middle of nowhere, of natives who find themselves strangers in their once familiar, but now strange, lands.

On display is a love of obsolete technologies, small-town whimsy, home movies of proms and birthday parties, steam engines and baseball games. If Italo Calvino lived in Indiana rather than Italy, these are the fictions he might have made.

About the Author
Michael Martone is a professor of creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Alabama. He is the author of many books, among them The Blue Guide to Indiana, Four for a Quarter, and Michael Martone. He lives in Tuscaloosa with the poet Theresa Pappas.

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Oxford, MS 38655
The Moon over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond By Michael Martone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573660686
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fiction Collective 2 - September 18th, 2018