'The Affliction' by C. Dale Young

Young’s novel in stories explores seemingly ordinary lives as they intersect with the truly extraordinary. The characters, haunted by trauma, scarred by heartbreak, are connected through their common afflictions–a bond, in the book, that transcends kindred, culture, even time. Is it true, then? Are we all connected?… read more

'Eros and Dust' by Trebor Healey

All in all, Eros and Dust is rather ambitious. The stories are constructed of thick, revealing narratives that offer a great deal of insight about the heroes and hapless within its pages… read more

'How to Whistle' by Gregg Shapiro

Some know how to whistle. Others merely blow air and spit. This skill cannot be learned from friends or You Tube videos. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t. And Gregg Shapiro…he’s got it…. read more

'Parade' by Michael Graves

Like a pair of mismatched fraternal twins, the cousins Reggie Lauderdale and Elmer Mott form the literary odd couple at the center of Parade, debut novel by Michael Graves. Reggie; gay, uptight, conflicted, hypochondriac, deeply religious, and desperately trying to be good, serves as a foil to Elmer; a straight, dissolute, ne’er-do-well who seeks to… read more

Virgins No More: Writers on their First Book Signing

Signing your very first book is a landmark moment for all writers. It’s like your first crack at kissing or screwing or loving. Possibly, it’s a moment you recall in Technicolor. Or, maybe, it’s a sliver of time coated with murk and fuzz. … read more

Brian Centrone: New Writer, New Reader

An Ordinary Boy (Seventh Window Publications), Brian Centrone’s debut novel, is far from ordinary. Blending pop culture with the transitional woes of adulthood, Centrone verges toward a new, genre-crossing niche. This new writer aims for the new reader…. read more