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John Vanderslice - 1st Thursday Reading & Music Show

  • Nightbird Books 205 W Dickson St Fayetteville AR (map)

John Vanderslice teaches writing in the master of fine arts program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where he's also one of the editors of Toad Suck Review. His new book Island Fog is a collection of thematically connected short stories set on Nantucket Island. John will be from 6:30 to 8:30 as our featured author for the November 1st Thursday event. He will read at 7pm.


Nantucket then and now is the theme of John Vanderslice’s novel-length collection of stories, called “a chilling tour-de force worthy of a Chesterton or a Borges.” The stories all take place on that iconic Massachusetts island. Vanderslice’s collection spans a period of Nantucket history from 1795 to 2005, with four different centuries represented. Along the way, readers meet: an 18th century wigmaker accused of a notorious bank robbery, a 19th century "whaling widow" who has newly awakened to some important aspects of her sexual nature, a former whale ship captain who once had to resort to cannibalism to survive an extended period at sea after being shipwrecked, a 20th century plumber whose wife jumped off the Hyannis to Nantucket ferry with her infant child in her arms, and a 21st century ghost tour leader who is being metaphorically haunted by a former lover.

Music by Redwood, folksy/experimental and music by Travis Keymer of the band Teenagers, will follow the reading.

Listen to his music here:

Earlier Event: November 5
Thomas Averill Reading & Booksigning
Later Event: November 12
Green Fork Farmers Market