Bank Square Books presents a reading and book signing with Seattle novelist Jarret Middleton, the author of Darkansas, and Bank Square Books employee and local poet Daniel S. Boroughs at Bank Square Books on September 26. This event is open to the public and free of charge; beverages will be provided. Join us at 6:30 to hear from two new independent voices.
Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, legendary bluegrass musician Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster. When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother's wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins--and one twin has always murdered their father. As old tensions resurface and Jordan searches for a way to escape his family's legacy, a mysterious hill dweller and his grotesque partner stalk the brothers' every move, determined to see the curse through to its end. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as "one of the best debuts of the year," Middleton establishes himself as a novelist in good company with Brian Panowich and Smith Henderson, yet in a category all his own.
About Jarret Middleton
Jarret Middleton is the author of Darkansas and the novella, An Dantomine Eerly. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He lives in Seattle.
About Daniel S. Boroughs
Daniel S. Boroughs runs a small press of chapbooks by local poets, Good Cop/Bad Cop Press. At times, he is a DJ. He strains his hand, mind, and heart to write daily because inspiration does not fall out of the sky. His work has appeared in BURP, Flying Fish Zine, Elephant, Unarmed Journal, and The Outlaw Poetry Network. He now lives with his loving wife, Anne Marie and son, Harvey in East Lyme.
"Gritty, ghostly, poetic . . .] I'd bet a fifth of the top-shelf stuff it will be considered one of the best debuts of the year." -Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table