Thursday, February 8
East Bay Booksellers welcomes novelist James Janko (The Clubhouse Thief) and poet Judy Halebsky (Tree Line) to discuss their recent works on Thursday, February 8th at 7pm. They will be joined in conversation with Ellen Greenblatt.
About The Clubhouse Thief
Winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel
"Part of me wanted to quit, let the Red Birds hammer us, and slink away to hibernate all winter. I had that old feeling of worthlessness running through me, and sadness, too. A coach, whatever his age, should be a reservoir of hope, but I, in my Cub heart, boarded a shipwreck, my own Titanic, and awaited the dark plunge into the familiarity of loss."
Billy Donachio, an aging coach for the Chicago Cubs, has never had a lucky day let alone a lucky year. Every team he has been part of and everything he has ever cared about has ended up in the dumps. When at last he's able to be a part of a winner, a Chicago Cub team on the cusp of World Series victory, Billy struggles with neurosis. A thief, a kleptomaniac, he loots the lockers of his star players and comes away with notes, letters, a neighborhood newspaper, a photograph, a computer disc. By accident, Billy receives an education.
James Janko’s writing credits include the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award for the Novel for The Clubhouse Thief. An earlier novel, Buffalo Boy and Geronimo, received wide critical acclaim and two awards: The Association of Asian American Studies Book Award and the Northern California Book Award.
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About Tree Line
"Robert Frost believed a poem should begin in delight and end in wisdom, but in Tree Line, Judy Halebsky proves a poet never has to choose between the two her poems begin in both and end in both. Smart, sexy, thoughtful, and beautiful, Halebsky's lyrics are a masterful marriage of tradition and innovation. This remarkable book loves many things language and landscape to be sure but most of all, it loves this world and how we make our way in it." -- Dean Rader
Judy Halebsky's first book, Sky=Empty, won the New Issues Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Her chapbook, Space / Gap / Interval / Distance, won the Poets-Under-Forty award from Sixteen Rivers Press. Originally from Nova Scotia, she now lives in Oakland and teaches at Dominican University of California.