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Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland lives and writes in San Diego and sometimes Los Angeles. He is the curator for the irreverent, irregular reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its 12th year.

"We call it Poetry & Art,' but we've had quite a variety of shows," author and poet Michael Klam says. "We had wrestlers come one time and do body slams on canvas to make paintings. more

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Earlier this year, Anna Burns won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman, marking the first time the award has gone to a writer from Northern Ireland. more

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In March of 2016, Jim Harrison was found dead at his writing desk in Patagonia, Arizona. more

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There are no happy endings in the slums and shacks of Tsuge’s post-war Japan. The violence never stops. Slum Wolf serves as a reminder that no matter where our wars are fought their casualties are always with us. more

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Checkpoint is a difficult book that challenges the notion of good versus evil. In Albahari’s view of war, there is no honor; only fear and indiscriminate bloodshed that passes for revenge. more

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Published by Split Lip Press, Vernor’s collection is fresh, funny and ferociously clever. more

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Griffith is the creator of an immersive, narrative performance piece titled Relics of the Hypnotist War. Its premise is this: Many years ago the hypnotists invaded, causing a sleep epidemic. more

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Xie writes as if coming to her senses: her work takes startling turns and does unexpected things with language that resonate with the force of truth. more

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Leonard Gardner’s Fat City was published in 1969 and recently reissued by the New York Review of Books. The book is about a pair of boxers in Stockton, California. One is on his way up; the other the way down, but even when they win, they lose. more

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“In the future,” Binder recalls the doctor saying, “people will have to work harder to make themselves indispensible.” Out of this warped bootstrap view of the world, The Absolved was born. more

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Brackmann, who is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe series set in China, lives in San Diego and writes convincingly in the book about local news, craft beer and the San Diego Padres. There’s even a scene set at Comic Con. more

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Orange excels at defining things in a way so that they mean more than one thing at a time, sometimes opposite things, until they cancel the meaning out and the words are just there, meaning whatever you want them to mean. more

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Abbott’s fans grow with each new book but with a number of film and television projects in the works (she was a writer on the HBO show The Deuce), she seems destined to join her pantheon of hardboiled heroes. more

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In trying to understand why we want what we want, Broder and Hodson arrive at essential truths about the human condition—even if sometimes what we want is a merman with a penis. more

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How to Be Safe explores the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Anna Crawford is a teacher at the school who was suspended two weeks before the massacre. She is spared the actual tragedy, but is dragged into the drama by conspiracy theorists. more

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The Mars Room is an important, devastating book that challenges our assumptions about prisons and their purpose by putting the reader on the other side of the bars. more

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Filled with longing, The Silver Shoes is a reminder that it’s never too late to nurture one’s creative impulses. Dance like no one’s watching is great advice, but first you need a pair of shoes. more

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Though it’s fewer than 100 pages and can be read in an afternoon, Photographic is a fabulous introduction to Iturbide’s work because it considers the breadth of her career, not just her work in Juchitán. more

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George Saunders has done the impossible: He’s written a supernatural novel populated by dead people that’s entirely original and deeply moving. more

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While talking with an old family friend named Khalil a fight breaks out. They leave, but on the way home Khalil is pulled over and a tragic scene that is all too familiar in American life unfolds. more

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The novel takes place during fire season and opens on “the third morning of a wildfire to the east.” Fire imagery abounds in Evans’ prose and Sheila is something of an emotional fire starter. more

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