3.22.2004

Info. on panelists for Arizona Book Festival:

Adeena Karasick is a poet, cultural theorist and performance artist; and the award-winning author of five books of poetry and poetic theory, The Arugula Fugues (Zasterle Press, 2001), Dyssemia Sleaze (Talonbooks, Spring 2000), Genrecide (Talonbooks, 1996), Mêmewars (Talonbooks, 1994), and The Empress Has No Closure (Talonbooks, 1992). Marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges normative modes of meaning production, Karasick has performed worldwide and regularly publishes articles, reviews and dialogues on contemporary poetry, poetics and cultural/semiotic theory. Adeena lives, writes and teaches Poetry and Literary Theory at St. John's University in New York City.

Walter K. Lew's most recent book is _Treadwinds: Poems and Intermedia
Texts_ (Wesleyan U. Press, 2002). Earlier books include _Excerpts
from: ?[If the immediately preceding character didn't come thru, it's
a Greek delta, but you can just insert a capital "D" instead.]IKTH
DIKTE, for DICTEE (1982)_ (1992), a critical artist's book on the
work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, to be reprinted by Tinfish later this
year, _Kôri: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction_,
co-edited with Heinz Insu Fenkl (Beacon, 2001), _Crazy Melon and
Chinese Apple: The Poems of Frances Chung_ (Wesleyan, 2000), and the
acclaimed Asian North American poetry anthology _Premonitions_ and
_Muae 1: A Journal of Transcultural Production_ (both published in
1995). Formerly a TV news and documentary producer on events in South
Korea, Lew has also staged his own multimedia performance pieces for
the Los Angeles Festival and Walker Art Center. He is currently
working on a translation with commentary of the selected works of the
Korean avantgarde author Yi Sang (1910-1937).


“… spend the money, buy the book, take the ride…”
Francois Camoin

“I picked up Drive and didn’t put it down.”
Katie Arnoldi

drive
rob roberge

The debut novel
by the author of the forthcoming
Trouble Knocking at my Door
Dark Alley Books (Harper Collins)

Order it by ISBN Number.
paper, $10.00
ISBN: 0971198632
doublewide press, 2002

http://www.doublewidepress.com

Rob Roberge
525 West 10th St.
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 436-5313
robroberge@hotmail.com


Rob Roberge is the author of the novel Trouble Knocking at My Door which is scheduled for early 2005 release on Dark Alley Books, the crime imprint of Harper Collins, and the novel Drive (doublewide press, 2002). Roberge’s short fiction has appeared in YZZYVA, Chelsea, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Fatal Embrace. Recent fiction appeared in the “10 Writers Worth Knowing” issue of The Literary Review, and the anthology Another City: Writing From Los Angeles (City Lights Books). He writes plays and screenplays as well as fiction and teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. In 2001, he started Doublewide Press, a small, POD press that specializes in innovative fiction and plays. He writes, plays (mostly guitar) and sings with the garage pop bands The Hacks and The Violet Rays and lives in Southern California with his wife, Gayle. He’s currently submitting the short movie Honest Pete, which he wrote and directed, to festivals.

A full list of publications is available upon request.

Teaching:
• 2003, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Creative Writing Instructor of the Year.
• 1996-, Instructor, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program
• Taught at SC-Northridge, Creative Writing and Narrative Theory, Fall, 2002
• Taught Independent Screenwriting and Fiction at UCI Extension.

Recent Panels/Discussions/Readings:
• Vegas Valley Book Festival 2003. Thursday, October 23 - Saturday, October 25, 2003 on an alternate publishing panel. And did a reading and Q&A on a panel: Outsiders in fiction.
• CSULB Visiting Writers Series: Read, along with Gerald Locklin and Lisa Glatt in a celebration of the City Lights anthology Another City.
• Writers & Teachers reading series. Westside Borders, Los Angeles. Read from Drive and introduced 3 ex-students who’ve gone on to publish.

Drive a novel by Rob Roberge
Drive, is a twisted and funny and sad novel...Ben Thompson, a washed up former college basketball star, has no idea what he's getting into when he agrees to coach a minor league team of strays and loose canons owned by an eccentric fast-food millionaire. What Fat City did for club boxing, taking it and using the profession to expose and explore the men and women who live, love and ultimately tend to lose at society’s fringes, Roberge does here with minor league basketball in Drive.
This is a dark, funny, compassionate novel from a writer who has been called “...the laureate of that marginalized demographic, a professor of the articulately disenfranchised...”

Praise for Drive:

“...a seriously talented writer... one more novel for that little shelf in your mind, where you long ago filed Fat City, and Rick Barthelme’s Tracer, and Stanley Elkin’s The Living End side by side. Maybe two or three others. Roberge is an explorer of the everyday. Chicken franchises. Florida. The micro-politics of sex. Late –stage capitalism. The queer physics of the forbidden. That’s where this book lives. So do I. So do you. My advice—spend the money, buy the book, take the ride.”—Francois Camoin, Flannery O’Connor Award-Winner, author of Benbow and Paradise, The End of the World is Los Angeles, Like Love, But Not Exactly and Baby Please Don’t Go: Collected Stories, 1979-2001.

"Rob Roberge renders the human condition in a language that turns the ordinary into the rare. His writing is tough and searingly funny—the man's got bite and wit. His characters seem to hop off the page and offer themselves, in all their beautiful ugliness, to you, the lucky reader. Any book he writes, I'll be reading."—Lisa Glatt, author of Shelter and Monsters and Other Lovers

“I picked up Drive and I didn’t put it down. The people in this book are sharp and damaged and they won’t let you go even when you’ve finished reading. You can smell this swampy Florida setting and feel the damp despair that fuels this story. I highly recommend Drive.”—Katie Arnoldi, author of Chemical Pink.

“With the joyous athleticism of his prose and the knowledge that comes from loss, grief, and lots of heart, Rob Roberge deserves enough readers to fill Madison Square Garden for this and many seasons to come. I'm thrilled to see this novel in print.”—Diane Lefer, author of The Circles I Move In, Very Much Like Desire and Radiant Hunger.

“What we need are more stories that back us into corners. We need books that show teeth, and Roberge has given us one in Drive. It don’t matter, Mr. Roberge tells us, if you’re a basketball player whose bum knee is “the difference between the New York Knicks and painting houses with your brother-in-law”; it don’t matter if you’re a doctor or lawyer or an Indian chief, there is every chance you could end up alone in a motel room, working for The Chicken Man. Unrequited love, my friend, is a staple...perfectly dead on rendering in its language and idioms...sentences that cut this exactingly and rigorously into and against experience won’t let you use them up; they’ll disrupt your assumptions and draw you into what it means to be alive.”—Darrell Spencer, Flannery O’Connor Award-Winner, author of Caution: Men in Trees, Our Secret’s Out and A Woman Packing a Pistol.

Check out this and our other books at:

DOUBLEWIDEPRESS.COM

Music:

The experimental instrumental album, “playground/downtime” is available at Crazy Fungus Records: crazyfungus.com

The Violet Rays’ CD “Be In Fashion” is available at cdbaby.com

Recent Interviews:

Las Vegas SUN Oncewritten.com



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