Title: ON THE ROCKS: THE KGB BAR FICTION ANTHOLOGY ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: St. Martin's Griffin, 2002
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 282 pages. Published in 2002. Landmark collection of short stories. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The third and finest volume on literary work performed at the now-legendary East Village bar which has hosted author readings since 1994. It follows and can be read independently of "The KGB Bar Reader" and "The KGB Bar Book of Poems". A brilliant production by Jonathan Bennett: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Contributions by various writers. Edited by Rebecca Donner. Foreword by Denis Woychuk. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "On The Rocks: The KGB Bar Fiction Anthology". A literary haven, ironically named after the dread KGB of the former Soviet Union. "A tiny East Village tenement room that used to be a meeting place for Ukrainian Socialists, the KGB Bar launched a reading series that has become a beloved fixture of the New York literary scene. Features such writers as Jonathan Lethem, Mary Gaitskill, Ben Marcus, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Peter Ho Davies, and Dani Shapiro, among many others. United only by their uniformly high level of originality and artistry, these innovative stories make for a top-flight anthology, a treat for anyone who wants to sample the best in contemporary fiction" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Lethem and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver pen-marker on the title page by Jonathan Lethem. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. His signature glows radiantly against the light. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Crawford Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1994 for "Gun, With Occasional Music". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999 for "Motherless Brooklyn". Selected as one of the "Best Books of The Year" by the New York Times in 2003 for "Fortress of Solitude". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN LETHEM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0312301529. Bookseller Inventory # 9239
Synopsis: Many of today's most celebrated and up-and-coming writers have climbed the narrow staircase to the splintered podium at New York City's KGB Bar to share their work at the Sunday night fiction series. This funky East Village watering hole, once the expat meeting house of Ukrainian socialists, has grown over the last decade into one of the choicest venues for literary talent.
On the Rocks compiles stories from some of the most talented writers of today, including David Gates, Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Lethem, and Aimee Bender. Edgy, hard-bitten prose comes shoulder to shoulder with the lyrical and the fanciful, capturing the full range of voices in contemporary fiction. In subject and style, these pieces roam far and wide, but they all share the spirit of a night at KGB: provocative, daring, and dynamic.
About the Author:
Rebecca Donner has been Literary Director of the KGB Sunday Fiction Series since 1998, and received her MFA from Columbia University. Her first novel will be published in Spring 2003.
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