Thursday, October 15, 2009

Barry Gifford & Jim Nisbet

will be reading

Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 pm.

Jim Nisbet
has published nine novels, the most recent of which, The Octopus On My Head, was released in July, 2007, and by Editons Payot et Rivages (Paris) under the title Comment j'ai trouvé un boulot in November, 2008. Titles have been published in French, along with a miscellany of additional translations into German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Greek and, forthcoming, Russian and Romanian. In April, 2010, Overlook Press (New York) will publish a new Jim Nisbet novel, Windward Passage, simultaneously with a new edition of the acclaimed Lethal Injection, out of print since 1989. This rollout will be followed by Jim's entire backlist, a total of eight additional titles, including the first American publication of Ulysses' Dog. The Rivages/Thriller edition of Windward Passage [Passage au vent perhaps?] will follow. PM Press will issue a novella, A Moment of Doubt, in the fall of 2010. Nisbet has also published five volumes of poetry: Poems for a Lady, Morpho (with Alastair Johnston), Gnachos for Bishop Berkeley, Small Apt (with photographs by Shelly Vogel), and Across the Tasman Sea. Two "audio narratives" -- stories told via sound effects -- have been issued under the title The Visitor. (You can listen to both if you step into the ARCHIVES.) And innumerable individual poems, essays, stories and excerpts have appeared in nearly as many newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Nisbet has twice won the Pangolin Papers Annual Fiction Award, and thrice been nominated by that magazine for a Pushcart Prize in short fiction. His novel, Dark Companion, was shorted-listed (with four other nominees) for the 2006 Hammett Prize. For more information please visit:

Barry Gifford's novels have been translated into twenty-eight languages. His book Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati in Italy, and he has been the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. David Lynch's film Wild at Heart, which was based on Gifford's novel, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990, and his novel Perdita Durango was made into a feature film by Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia in 1997. Barry Gifford co-wrote with director David Lynch the film Lost Highway(1997); he also co-wrote with director Matt Dillon the film City of Ghosts(2003), as well as the libretto for Ichiro Nodaira's opera, Madrugada(2005). Mr. Gifford's books include The Phantom Father, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Wyoming, named a Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year, and which has been adapted for the stage and film; The Sinaloa Story; The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room: A Barry Gifford Reader; Do the Blind Dream?; and The Stars Above Veracruz. His most recent books are The Cavalry Charges (essays), and Memories from a Sinking Ship (fiction). Mr. Gifford's writings have appeared in Punch, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sport, the New York Times, El Pais, El Universal, La Repubblica, Brick, Projections, La Nouvelle Revue Française and many other publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information please visit

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