Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Mike DeCapite, author of Radiant Fog will read at Mac's on Wednesday, November 21st at 7 p.m. Radiant Fog is a collection of personal essays published in the Cleveland arts magazine angle in 2003 and 2004. Mike is also the author of Creamsicle Blue a chapbook length meditation on life, art and death that came out last year. His first book, Through the Windshield is an underground classic and remains one of the best Cleveland novels ever published. An excerpt from the novel Ruined for Life! was published in the June 2011 issue of Sensitive Skin Magazine. Mike DeCapite lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Start: 7:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm
Mac's Book Club will discuss Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. Berlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film’s premier, Sid’s role in Falk’s fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk’s incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art. "Shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism…Truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and place, its shimmering jazz vernacular, its pitch-perfect male banter and its period slang." —The Independent (London) Esi Edugyan has a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006). Edugyan has held fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She has taught creative writing at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Victoria. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.