Jim Ruland and Terese Svoboda discuss their respective releases, Make It Stop and Dog on Fire

Make It Stop:  A speculative tale of dysfunctional vigilantes, sex-crazed junkies, and corporate healthcare run amok from best-selling chronicler of LA punk Jim Ruland.

Scores of detox and rehab centers across Southern California have adopted a controversial new conditional release policy that forces patients to stay until they pay their bills. And if they can't pay? They don't leave.

Enter: Make It Stop, a group of highly skilled recovering addicts dedicated to rescuing those trapped in these prison hospitals by posing as patients and getting them out by any means necessary. But when Scary Gary, one of their top ops, gets killed on assignment, Melanie Marsh and her crew set out to avenge his death and unravel an unthinkable medical conspiracy that threatens to destroy the organization and cripple the city with a dangerous new drug. Melanie may be LA's best hope but if, and only if, she can stay sober.

From decrepit rehab wards to beachside punk clubs, Make It Stop takes readers into LA's darkest corners, exploring sobriety, sanity, and a society hell-bent on profiting off those who need its help the most. (Rare Bird Books)


Dog on Fire: Out of a Shakespearean-wild Midwest dust storm, a man rises. "Just a glimpse of him," says his sister; "every inch of him," says his guilt-filled lover. "Close your eyes," says his nephew. "What about it?" asks his father. The cupboard is filled with lime Jell-O, and there are aliens, deadly kissing, and a restless, alcoholic mother who carries a gun. "Every family is this normal," insists the narrator. "Whoever noticed my brother, with a family as normal as this?" the beleaguered sister asks. Against the smoky prairie horizon and despite his seizures, a brother builds a life. Imbued with melancholy cheer, Dog on Fire unfolds around a family's turmoil, past loves, and a mysterious death. (University of Nebraska Press)


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
8818 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Make It Stop By Jim Ruland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644283035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rare Bird Books - April 25th, 2023

Dog on Fire (Flyover Fiction) By Terese Svoboda Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496235169
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 7th, 2023