Thursday, October 6th – Join us for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at Off Square Books in Oxford, MS
Showtime: 6 pm
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Adam Soto for his new release Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep.
A collection of short stories moving through time and place, exploring the spaces where we haunt each other and ourselves through our choices, our institutions, and our dreams.
In the title story, a one-armed Harlem Hellfighter goes in search of his specially altered military uniform while Influenza ravages Philadelphia. In “Sleepy Things,” a man is bound to the bedside of his comatose girlfriend who haunts his mother’s dreams. In “Wren & Riley,” a couple travels to Wyoming to visit a childhood friend who killed her abusive husband. And in “The Vegetable Church,” a pair of Syrian sisters, refugees of the civil war, find themselves at a crossroads in the home of their European hosts while their dead father whispers to them words of comfort and guidance.
Sorrowful, funny, and surreal, the stories in Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep unpack and examine, in Soto’s signature style, the devices of genre fiction. The ghosts haunting these pages are sometimes literal—the kind that haunt from beyond the grave—but are just as often metaphorical—ghosts of guilt and longing, suppressed desires, and past lives.
About the Author
Adam Soto is the author of This Weightless World. The web editor of American Short Fiction, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a former Michener-Copernicus Foundation Fellow. He lives with his wife in Austin, Texas, where he is a teacher and a musician.
Thursday, October 6th – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Friday, October 14th – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.
Saturday, October 15th –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
"Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep is weird in all the best ways possible . . . These tales are plucked from bizarre worlds, from the blood of shadow creatures, from the tears of angels. Let them haunt you.” —Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home