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American Whiskey Bar

Turner, Michael

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ISBN 10: 1551521598 / ISBN 13: 9781551521596
Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Very clean book, creaseless covers and spine, sharp corners, text/interior is clean and neat, straight spine, with no marking of any kind. Book appears new. Signed on title page "Michael." April SALE -- Prices shown are 20% off throughout the month. Bookseller Inventory # 136006

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Title: American Whiskey Bar

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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American Whiskey Bar is a remarkable faux memoir about the un-making of a film—a film which Michael Turner was commissioned to write. However, whether or not this film was ever “made” is debatable. And only one print is said to exist. Nevertheless, American Whiskey Bar, a film seen by only a handful of people, is well on its way to becoming a curious footnote to cinematic history.

American Whiskey Bar, the book, is an attempt to set the record straight—a story of sex, violence, lies, ambition, power, paradox, dreams, and regret. Consider yourself warned.

First published in Canada in 1997, this new edition, which features a foreword by William Gibson (Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition), is the first edition ever available in the U.S.

Praise for American Whiskey Bar:

“Tightly packed . . . the book weaves its way in and out of various levels of reality. . . . There’s a bright, playful mind at work here.”—Toronto Star

“Turner constructs an intense, intelligent, and darkly humorous satire. . . . Too original to be nominated for awards.”—Quill & Quire

“Brilliant . . . a dazzling, dizzying multilayered blend of fact and fiction, of the plausible and the preposterous, of the real and the hyper-real. It is also screamingly funny.”—Globe & Mail

Globe & Mail Notable Book, 1997
Quill & Quire Best Book of 1997
Coolest Canadian Book of the Year, Chapters

Michael Turner lives in Vancouver, where, in addition to books and screenplays, he writes art essays and edits ArsenalAdvance, a literary/visual art imprint. He has won a BC Book Prize for fiction and a Genie Award for Original Song. Recently, he has collaborated with artist Stan Douglas and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. His novel The Pornographer’s Poem was published this year by Soft Skull.

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When the book American Whiskey Bar first released in Canada in 1997, many people were confused, and one likes to think that Michael Turner, the author of more genre twists than perhaps any other canadian writer, was pleased.

Based on a screenplay Michael Turner was commissioned to make, eventually made in to a live tv experiment, denounced and acclaimed by many, American Whiskey Bar is trailed by a long shadow of weirdness.

It’s now 2004. Far from losing momentum, the intrigue and mystery of this faux memoir/screenplay continues to fester. The circle grows wider and ensnares more and more readers. First, Quentin Tarantino, then William Gibson.

The latest victim: Daphne Gottlieb, the San Francisco performance poet and author of Final Girl packs her bags and heads up the coast to spend 10 days touring the I-5 with a man she hardly knows.

What she does know about Michael Turner:

He wrote The Pornographer’s Poem.

Michael Turner once recieved a grant from Viacom which he used to make a porn film set to poetry.

He can be an unreliable narrator.

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