Calling Twin Cities

I’ll be in Minneapolis this week, reading at Magers and Quinn on Friday night (June 3, 7:00). Bizarro author, Razorcake contributor, and part-time drag queen MP Johnson will read with me. I’ve never had a dull event in Minneapolis. Hopefully, this one will be as fun as readings in the past. Here’s a link to the bookstore’s events page.

Scroll below the picture to get a Replacements song in your head and read a vignette I wrote about reading in Minneapolis in 2008.

MPLS Skyway

Take the Skyway, high above that busy little one way.


After I finished my reading at Arise Bookstore in Minneapolis, the God Damn Doo Wop Band took the stage. And, by “stage,” I mean the empty area in front of the chairs in the backyard of Arise. It was one of those perfect Minneapolis days that apparently don’t happen all that often but seem to happen every time I’m there. It was sunny, temperatures in the low eighties, an even cooler breeze. The sun was starting to set behind the bookstore. The band sat on a low wall.

The God Damn Doo Wop Band: three women who know how to spend their money on boots and tattoos and hair dye, who, more importantly, know how to sing doo wop songs. They launched into three-part-harmonies about boy troubles. On the one hand, they seemed like an authentic throwback to the Staten Island doo wop of the fifties. On the other hand, it was something totally fresh and original.

One of the band members is named Annie. She used to be in the Soviettes. She didn’t wear boots. Her Vans were worn through just above the big toe. As she sang, her big toe popped out of the hole in her shoe. A little red toenail kept the beat.

Summer Book Tour


I’m heading out on a book tour to celebrate the release of my new short story collection, The Metaphysical Ukulele. As the chalk outline of a corpse in the picture above suggests, it’s gonna be killer.

Here are the dates:

May 23: Greenlight Books, Brooklyn, NY 7:30 PM

May 24: Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, NJ 7:00 PM

May 25: Newtonville Books, Newton, MA, 7:00 PM

June 3: Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis, MN 7:00 PM

June 15, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA, 7:00 PM

June 16: Powell’s, Portland, OR 7:30 PM

June 21: Warwick’s Books, La Jolla, CA, 7:30 PM

June 23: Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA 7:00 PM

June 29: City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA 7:00 PM

Come out and see me. It’ll be fun!


My new book, The Metaphysical Ukulele, will be released this week. I’ll be doing a handful of readings all over to promote it. The first one is this Thursday, May 5, on the campus of CSU Channel Islands. It’s free and open to the public. There’ll even be free food. Unfortunately, you have to pay $6 to park on campus. I’ll be reading with my colleague, Sofia Samatar, who also has a new book out. It’ll be fun! Here’s a poster.

Sean Sofia Poster

There will be more readings coming up: some East Coast ones at the end of May, and Midwest and West Coast ones in June. I’ll post the complete tour schedule next week.