My new collection of short stories, LoveSexTravelMusik, has been confirmed for publication in April through Freight Books. Details can be found here. Here’s the blurb from the Freight website….
“A lads’ weekend in Eastern Europe spirals out of control. A bleeding tourist is rescued by a stranger in downtown Toronto. A middle-aged woman holidaying in Tunisia considers the local options for love. An unemployed man shares his fantasies of a sex tour of Arizona with his long-suffering girlfriend. A woman is drawn into an impromptu but life-changing football game in the heart of the Amazon.
Following his universally acclaimed third novel, Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Somerset Maugham Award-winner, Rodge Glass, has created a themed, contemporary story collection like no other. With wit, wisdom, insight and pathos, he examines men and women of all ages who, through the advent of discount air travel, play out their lives and loves across the globe. Glass brilliantly captures the isolation, dislocation and occasional epiphanies of those who find themselves a thousand miles from home, and those who long to be.”
Publication date: 22nd April 2013
Format: 198×129, paperback, 240pp
The front cover quote will be from Somerset Maugham Award winner Helen Walsh, author of Brass and Once Upon a Time in England, who says of the book..
“The dozen or so destinations that make up this brilliant collection of stories are places of myth; myths imposed as much from the inside as from the relentless spew of tourists and migrants that pass through its veins from the outside. Rodge Glass manages to get right under the skin of these familiar yet constantly shifting landscapes and effectively bring them to life, but it is his ability to get under the skin of the myths themselves and then make them resonate in a fresh and original way that will elevate LOVE SEX TRAVEL MUSIK to an influential and significant piece of literary fiction. If Raymond Carver and Kafka were put in a room together and asked to rewrite a Lonely Planet Guide for 2013, then I guess it would look something like this. Brilliant, razor sharp and thoroughly modern in its prose. I love this collection of stories.”
More details to follow.
APPEARANCES February/March 2013
I will be doing launches for the book, and will be doing some events up and down the country later in the year.For now here are a few live dates coming up….I’ll be appearing at…..
February 24th, 3.30pm, £.9.50, King’s Place, London, as part of Jewish Book Week
Chairing event with Howard Jacobson, ‘How to Make Love to Your Mother in Law’
March 2nd, 11.15am, £7.50, Guildhall, Bath, as part of the Bath Literary Festival
Reading from Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs and discussing sportswriting with Owen Sheers, author of Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby.
March 2nd, 4.30pm, £8, Mineral Hospital, Bath, chairing Memory and Optimism, event with Charles Fernyborough and Elaine Fox discussing their latest books on the developments in neuroscience.
March 3rd, 2.45pm, £6.50, Guidhall, Bath, chairing Iceland and Antarctica, event with Sarah Moss and Gavin Francis talking about their books.
For all information relating to Bath Literature Festival, click here.
March 7th, 6.30pm, Free Event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. Alongside Clare Dudman and Chair Gregory Norminton, as part of Manchester Literature Festival, launching Beacons: Stories for Our Not So Distant Future, a book of environmentally themed stories published by Oneworld Publications and featuring my own ‘We’re All Gonna Have the Blues’. The book also includes contributions from AL Kennedy, Alasdair Gray, Joanne Harris, Toby Litt, Adam Thorpe, Janice Galloway and many others besides.
Full details about Beacons can be found here.
March 15th, 7.30pm, Blackwell’s bookshop, Manchester, Free Event, in support of James Higgerson’s new book The Almost Lizard. Also appearing will be Chris Killen, author of The Bird Room and Sam Mills, author of The Quiddity of Will Self.