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Anca Vlasopolos is author of The New Bedford Samurai, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement, which won the YMCA Writer’s Voice Grant for Creative Non-Fiction, and several other books. I’ve had the privilege of reading at a couple of events with her. Here’s what she had to say about my next book, which Humanist Press is publishing in the fall:

“In Holidays and Other Disasters, Rodwan dissects, with wit and verve, the human predilection for faith in a deity. Meditating on the religious rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr. or on Salman Rushdie’s personal recuperation of Valentine’s Day, Rodwan faces his own disaffection with religion as well as with compulsory societal celebrations. Believers and non-believers alike will be entertained and enlightened by Rodwan’s engaging prose and probing intellect.”

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Poet Anca Vlasopolos and I will be reading at Leopold’s Books on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Last-minute gift-buyers could stop by to learn if her new collection, Walking Toward Solstice, or my Fighter’s & Writers, or both, would go well with a bouquet of flowers on Sunday.

The specifics:

Mongrel Empire Press authors Anca Vlasopolos and John G. Rodwan, Jr.

Leopold’s Books

The Park Shelton

15 E. Kirby Street

Detroit, MI 48202

Friday, May 11, 7 pm

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At the end of March, I read at the Scarab Club along with Anca Vlasopolos, Patricia Abbott, Caroline Maun and Olivia Ambrogio. M.L. Liebler served as master of ceremonies. Here I am reading excerpts from Fighters & Writers and Christmas Things.

P.S. I’ll be reading with Anca again on May 11 at Leopold’s Books in Detroit.

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Walking toward Solstice, a new collection of poems by Anca Vlasopolos, will be launched locally at the Scarab Club on March 31st. Joining her in reading at the historic arts venue next to the Detroit Institute of Art will be Particia Abbott, author of Monkey Justice and Other Stories, and Caroline Maun, author of The Sleeping. I will read bits from either Fighters & Writers or Christmas Things – or perhaps from both. Olivia Ambrogio, who supplied photos for Walking toward Solstice (which has the same publisher as my essay collection), will also attend what should be a lively literary afternoon.

 

Here are the crucial details.

 

What: Book launch and multiple-author reading

Where: The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2 to 4 pm

Why: For the love of literature

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Recently I learned that soon I will no longer be Detroit’s sole Mongrel Empire Press author. The Norman, Oklahoma-based publisher, which issued my essay collection Fighters & Writers in 2010, plans to issue Walking into Solstice, poems by Anca Vlasopolos, this year.

 

As it happens, Vlasopolos was teaching at Wayne State University during my graduate studies days there, though I didn’t know her then. But since we have a city, a university and a publisher in common, we’ve discussed the obviously appropriate idea of holding joint readings. Some of her poems posted at The Stone Hobo and Beasts in a Populous City, with their images of bruises from punches and 24-caliber fists, suggest we have some thematic commonalities as well.

 

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