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Joe Sacksteder to Read at Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Brilliant Books

118 E Front Street

Traverse City MI 49684

About the Event: Joe Sacksteder will be signing pre-ordered copies in addition to the reading taking place at Brilliant Books. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Joe Sacksteder is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. Fugitive Traces, his album of Werner Herzog audio collages, is available from Punctum Books. His writing has appeared in Denver QuarterlyFlorida ReviewThe Literary ReviewPassages NorthHobartThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is currently a visiting instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. 


“Joe Sacksteder's Make/Shift is a marvelously inventive book, formally restless, endlessly playful even at its bleakest, a Rube Goldberg machine of experimental fiction artfully hammered together out of high school traumas, late capitalist ephemera, and insider jokes about Werner Herzog. This is a book of feints and swerves and surprises, a debut collection that takes real risks and delivers real rewards.” 

—Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

“Subversive, provocative, and piercingly poignant, the disparate fictions of Make/Shift deliver the reader to the mysteries of inchoate grief, the hilarity of subliminal messaging, the ecstasies of transgression, and the magical possibilities of a parallel universe. The speakers gathered in this dynamic, playful, wildly inventive collection expose the dangerous absurdities of contemporary experience tenderly juxtaposed with the timeless, potent passions of human suffering.”

—Melanie Rae Thon, author of Silence and Song 

“Make/Shift is an experience—uncanny, revelatory, transcendent. To read it is akin to walking along a path through new territory, in the dark, with a flashlight. However, it’s just as satisfying as it is mystifying, just as full of dislocation as it is of the firmest grounding. The collection will resonate as deeply with traditionalists—thrills, surprises, atmosphere, suspense, voice, plot, and subversion of ploT—as it will those desperate for the newest forms, wildest visions, and the riskiest and most successful experimentations. Make/Shift arrives just in time to frighten, to change, and to save us.”

—Laura Kasischke, author of Space, In Chains

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