Patrick Hicks, author of "Collector of Names," will be signing copies of his book at Tattered Cover in Denver, CO on March 18. This event is free and open to the public. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
The seven-time Pushcart Prize-nominee presents his debut short story collection, an exploration of the tragedies and miracles—large and small, natural and unnatural—we all face.
In his debut short story collection, poet and novelist Patrick Hicks reminds us of one such constant in all our lives—death. In these stories, most of which are set firmly in the heart of the country, the characters, all solid, well-meaning, hardworking people, are beset by tragedies both large and small, natural and unnatural. In the opening piece, "57 Gatwick," which won the 2012 Glimmer Train Emerging Writer Fiction award, a terrorist bombing of a commercial airliner over the city of Duluth, Minnesota gives the town coroner a new task beyond the collection and identification of victims' bodies, thus restoring hope to a shattered community. In "Burn Unit," a lone, misanthropic woman who rescues stray and abused animals, in turn rescues her horribly burned niece from a neglectful family and a life of despair. An unpopular teenage girl discovers a hidden talent in the wake of a devastating storm in "Picasso and the Tornado." In the "The Lazarus Bomb," the crew of a B-17 bomber crew flying missions over Germany in WWII is suddenly imbued with the ability to give life rather than rain death. With gentle humor and deft, lyrical prose, this collection demonstrates that, despite these tragedies, unlooked-for miracles do occur.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Patrick Hicks is the award-winning author of five poetry collections and the novel The commandant of Lubizec. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Glimmer Train, the Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Tar River Poetry. He is the writer-in-residence at Augustana College and a professor in Sierra Nevada College's low-residency MFA program. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Patrick Hicks, author of "Collector of Names," will be signing copies of his book at Siverson Lounge at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 7pm on February 26th. This event is free and open to the public. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
Patrick Hicks, author of "Collector of Names," will be signing copies of his book at Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota at 7pm on February 18th. This event is free and open to the public. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called “Operation Reinhard” was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.
The Commandant of Lubizec is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide. Told as a historical account in a documentary style, it explores the atmosphere of a death camp. It describes what it was like to watch the trains roll in, and it probes into the mind of its commandant, Hans-Peter Guth. How could he murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children? This is not only an unflinching portrayal of the machinery of the gas chambers, it is also the story of how prisoners burned the camp to the ground and fled into the woods. It is a story of rebellion and survival. It is a story of life amid death.
The Commandant of Lubizec disquiets us with the knowledge that similar events actually took place in camps like Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. The history of Lubizec, although a work of fiction, is a chillingly blunt distillation of real life events. It brings voice to the silenced, demands that we bear witness.
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