The Book Cellar
Join us for this month's Local Author Night!
Scott Miles drops by to share his collection of stories, The Downriver Horseshoe.
The Downriver Horseshoe draws its stories from the landscapes and people of the industrial, south side of Metro Detroit called Downriver. It is Americana with a gritty, blue-collar twist-filled with quirky, rough-hewn characters like Duke Peterson, a retired cookie-truck driver who, at the behest of his nasty, invalid wife, has to hock his grandfather's old shotguns to make rent; there is George Rimbaud, a morally confused mailman who continually crosses the line and intertwines his life (and sex life) with people along his route; and also Simon Touhy, a young man who falls in love with a prosthetic leg found at his worksite on Mt. Trashmore, a landfill converted to public ski slope. With the luck and pride of Downriver at their side, these men march on, making the best decisions they can in an area that can be bleak and beautiful and dangerous on the same block.
Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he's had his short stories published in nationally distributed magazine such as LIT, Cimarron Review, Atticus Review, Storyglossia, Crime Factory, Beloit Fiction Journal, The MacGuffin, Oyez Review, The Summerset Review, and Pebble Lake Review.
Sheila Flaherty comes to The Book Cellar to read from her debut novel, East of Mecca, which tells a timely, harrowing and heartbreaking story of love and betrayal, the transcendent power of friendship, and the ultimate price of oppression. Through the narrator's eyes, we witness the hardships and injustices faced by Saudi women. More surprising- and more unsettling, perhaps- are the oppression and domestic miseries borne by wives and daughters in some expat communities, which Flaherty depicts with unflinching realism and compassion.
Flaherty is a writer and clinical psychologist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Houston. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.
Jessica Vealitzek will also be coming to read from her new book, The Rooms Are Filled, that explores the age old questions of changing to become who we are, of learning to live our own lives. Two lost souls come together by circumstance: nine-year-old Michael, a Minnesora farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his proper, young - closeted- teacher, Julia Parnell, a woman trying to begin again after a failed attempt to live openly.
The Rooms Are Filled is the timeless story of learning to live in one's own life, of changing so that we can become who we are.