Ron Tanner & Sean Carswell discuss and sign Missile Paradise and Metaphysical Ukulele

In the Marshall Islands, an island-nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their "hosts," the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses. It’s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9/11 is fresh in everyone's minds. Following four interconnected story lines - the meltdown of a burned-out cultural liaison who has "gone native" and bitterly resents his role in keeping the Marshallese down; a young programmer who has lost his leg in a reckless solo sailing journey; the struggles of a young widow with two children whose husband drowned in a mysterious diving accident; and the destructive spiral of a Marshallese teenager whose American girlfriend rejects him when she returns to the States Missile Paradise is an epic, heartbreaking, and satirical novel about the clash of cultures between the Americans trying to realize their American Dream in this seeming paradise, and the Marshallese who are both angered and bedazzled by that dream. (Ig Publishing)

We all know Herman Melville, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, and Pam Houston. Now meet their metaphysical ukuleles.  Mixing the flair of literary invention with real events in each writer's life Herman Melville living with a tribe of cannibals; Raymond Chandler holding "The Blue Dahlia "hostage from Paramount Studios; Flannery O'Connor falling in love; Chester Himes threatening to decapitate his landlord, and many more Sean Carswell takes the nonfiction of some our most famous writer's lives and turns it into exquisite fiction, with a ukulele thrown in for good measure. At times heartbreaking, at times absurd, the stories in this truly one-of-a-kind collection delightfully blur the line between what is life, and what is literature. (Ig Publishing)


Event date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Missile Paradise By Ron Tanner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632460097
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Ig Publishing - April 5th, 2016

The Metaphysical Ukulele By Sean Carswell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632460264
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Ig Publishing - May 17th, 2016