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The Best of Philadelphia Stories: Volume 2 includes the best of the magazine and online content from Spring 2007-Summer 2009. Encompassing fiction, poetry, and personal essays, Volume 1 (now out of print) garnered glowing reviews from all of Philadelphia’s newspapers of record, and was described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “A Collection That Loves You Back.” Following in the first volume’s footsteps, Volume 2 includes work by David Sanders, Autumn Konopka, and Helen Mallon, the winner of the 2008 Philadelphia Stories essay contest.
Christine Weiser’s debut novel follows the fictive all-girl underground rock-group, Broad Street, through the highs and lows of struggling for success in the male-dominated Philadelphia rock scene.
“Weiser’s now given birth to Broad Street, the terrific Philadelphia rock roman a clef…Weiser, who has already completed a sequel, is a real writer who gets Kit’s interior voice down in clean, concise prose.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“As the story unravels, chronicling their ascent from early gigs at seedy clubs to opening slots at the Trocadero, Broad Street becomes in many ways a journey toward self-realization and empowerment.” – The Intelligencer
“Broad Street reads like a Philly High Fidelity.” – Shawn McBride, author, Green Grass Grace
“With her precise ear for just the right descriptive word, Alison Hicks’s poems enlarge daily life. Whether running into the father of a childhood friend who committed suicide, or meditating on Chekhov, or reciting the mantra of drugs used to treat migraines, Hicks transforms daily experience into something larger and more transcendent. Her poems glow.” – Kim Roberts, author of Animal Magnetism, The Kimnama, and The Wishbone Galaxy
“You’ve got to revel in MaryAnn Miller’s poems: their wild variety, humor, dead-on truth. Their poetic high-jinks—fractured sonnet, sestina, musical free verse. Their vivid detail seen through a painter’s trained eye. With wit, verve and devastating delicacy, the language peels back the layers of a long life of looking hard to reveal the human coordinates of a mind alive with all it has taken in. Locus Mentis affirms the difficult abundance of life lived in the real time of catastrophe and joy and in the transformative no-time of making art.” – J.C. Todd, author of What Space This Body
Originally published in a limited edition by Flume Press in 2008, Randall Brown’s award-winning (very) short fiction collection, Mad To Live, sold out almost immediately. Fortunately for Brown’s fans (and soon-to-be fans), PS Books has published this deluxe edition of Mad To Live — complete with new cover art and four “bonus tracks” not included in the Flume edition!
This anthology comes from students who participated in Alison Hicks’ Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, which has worked with nearly 200 Delaware Valley writers. This first anthology includes fiction, poetry, and essays and showcases the best of the varied and diverse voices that have enriched and delighted the workshop over the past thirteen years. Prompted is edited by Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio Director Alison Hicks, the author of the novella Love: A Story of Images and Falling Dreams, a volume of poetry.
Set in Philadelphia and its immediate suburbs, Shaun Haurin’s debut collection explores the intricacies of the human heart and the complex emotions that bind us together even as they threaten to tear us apart.
“Haurin’s skillful use of language in this collection of stories makes familiar subjects—new love, old love, faithful and unfaithful love–seem vivid, strange, and exciting. This is a book I genuinely enjoyed reading.” – Liz Moore, author of The Words of Every Song and Heft
“With a keen eye for the telling detail and a well-tuned ear for dialogue, Shaun Haurin explores the myriad shades of gray that shroud adulthood and haunt the contemporary heart. A compelling and emotionally intelligent collection.” – Marc Schuster, author of The Grievers
Songs the Sea Has Sung in Me
P.C. Scheponik’s previous volumes include Psalms to Padre Pio, And the Sun Still Dared to Shine, and A Storm by Any Other Name. His work has also appeared in a number of literary journals including One Trick Pony, The Thirteenth Warrior Review, Blue Ink Press, Asterius Press, and Black Bear Review. In Songs the Sea Has Sung in Me, Scheponik turns his attention to the healing and redemptive power of the sea and, in so doing, offers hope and inspiration to a world in desperate need of both.
PC Scheponik’s previous volumes include Psalms to Padre Pio and And the Sun Still Dared to Shine, a collection of poems remembering the Holocaust. His work has also appeared in a number of literary journals including One Trick Pony, The Thirteenth Warrior Review, Blue Ink Press, Asterius Press, and Black Bear Review. In A Storm by Any Other Name, Scheponik turns to themes of family, faith, nature, and healing to produce poetry that is at once transcendent and accessible, moving and provocative.
Stripped is a collection with a twist. Yes, the fiction contained herein includes works from some of the best-known names in flash fiction as well as the work of emerging writers, but the bylines have been removed so you can’t tell who wrote what. What’s more, the stories hinge largely on gender roles — but with the authors’ identites stripped from their stories, editor Nicole Monaghan has created a bit of a guessing game. Did a woman, for example, write that piece about ambivalence toward motherhood? Or was it a man? More to the point, does it really matter? Or is there something bigger going on when men and women stretch their minds and imagine what it might be like to be the other? Authors include Meg Tuite, Michelle Reale, Myfanwy Collins, Tara L. Masih, Marc Schuster, Michael Martone, Nathan Alling Long, Curtis Smith, and Randall Brown.
The late Richard Pearce was a poet’s poet. The content of his work runs the gamut — one minute meditating on the paintings of Edward Hopper, the next playfully recalling a time he made “sidewalk angels” in wet cement. Yet Pearce also had a dark side, as chronicled in much of his later work. Though by no means “complete,” To Befriend a Fox represents the first time a good portion of Pearce’s poetry has been collected in a single anthology.
In Forgotten Philadelphia(hardback, $30), artists and writers reimagine the stories told in these silent spaces of Philadelphia history. Included in this volume of work is poetry by J.C. Todd, Kim Gek Lin Short, stories by Sarah Rose Etter, Michelle Reale, and art by Anna Norton, Kip Deeds. To order your copy of Forgotten Philadelphia, ($30 hardback) email email@example.com.