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Top 3 Highlights from 2014

Good Sex, Great Prayers releases:

I’ve been writing for a solid twelve years now, so it’s kinda hard to believe that I’m only just now releasing my second full-length novel. 2012/2013 were nose-to-the-grindstone years. 2014 was the year all that hard work paid off and Good Sex, Great Prayers released through Perfect Edge Books. LitReactor gave me a platform to talk about the entire process, which you can read HERE.

Bottom line: I’m proud of this one. Reviewers and casual readers alike are enjoying it, and it’s been a blast to perform at live readings. Most importantly, this was the book no one was expecting from me. I told myself very early on that I want to do something entirely different from my first book…and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Synopsis, author blurbs, and links to reviews can all be found HERE on the information page.

Burnt Tongues releases: 

 

In 2009, not long after the vanity press version of Out of Touch had released, I had a choice to make: either write a second novel and hope for better results…or, I could enter this anthology contest that Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was running on his website.

I decided to go with the contest, and five years later, my story was appearing in Burnt Tongues, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology. Yet again, LitReactor was kind enough to give me a platform to talk about the process of that. To read about the entire affair go HERE.

The short version is that this has been truly life and career-changing, and I owe a great deal of thanks to Chuck, Dennis Widmyer, and Richard Thomas. My inclusion in Burnt Tongues also leads to our third and final highlight.

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The San Francisco Reading with Chuck Palahniuk Round-Up: Pics, Recap, and a Story About a Cold Sore

10.21.2014: I fly to San Francisco to read with Chuck Palahniuk at DNA Lounge as part of his Beautiful You tour.

The club starts out completely empty:

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HUGE News!! I’m Reading with Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club”

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I remember reading my first Palahniuk novel when I was 20. It was not long after seeing Fight Club for the first time on DVD–and because the Hastings I went to didn’t have Fight Club the novel–I ended up buying Choke instead. I read the shit out of that book. It was one of those books that had me thinking, “I want to do what this guy is doing.” It changed me…put me on the path to being an author myself.

Funny thing is, twelve years later…I still haven’t met the guy. I’ve read every single one of his novels, served as a workshop moderator for his site, and even made it into his anthology Burnt Tongues after a five-year trek…but despite assumptions, no, I’ve never met the guy. Not once. There have been close calls. A couple readings and signings that were in my vicinity, but I was never able to make it out either due to a scheduling conflict or lack of money or both.

So maybe it’s fate that after more than a decade of reading this guy’s work and making a career off the initial inspiration he gave me…maybe the first meeting was always supposed to a little grander, a little bit more special.

On October 21st in San Francisco, I’ll not only meet Chuck for the first time, I’m going to be sharing the stage with him. Out of the twenty authors in Burnt Tongues, four were selected to read with Chuck in select cities while he’s on his Beautiful You tour. You can check out the dates for those HERE.

Here are the details on the San Francisco reading that I’ll be at:

Tuesday, October 21 – 7:30pm                    
DNA Lounge
375 Eleventh Street
San Francisco CA 94103

TICKET AND VENUE INFO

Based on the small amount of back and forth I’ve had with Chuck, I can assure you this reading is going to kick ass. We’ll both be reading in our pajamas. There will be prizes, book giveaways, and all sorts of crazy shit happening. I’m going to do the opening set, and then Chuck will take it away with a reading from his new book Beautiful You.

This is a huge fucking honor, and I can’t thank Chuck enough for including me in this. I promise to bring my A game.

See you in San Fran,

-BT

Chicago Reading Hosted by Booked. Podcast

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Chicago reading is on! Join us at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.) on Sept. 6th at 5:00PM for a live reading hosted by the award-winning Booked. Podcast, feating myself, Richard Thomas, Jac Jemc, and the infamous Ben Tanzer.

RSVP on the official Facebook event HERE.

About the authors:

Richard Thomas is the author of five books: Disintegration, Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss and Four Corners. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Pear Noir, Chiral Mad 2, and Shivers VI. Visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com for more information. He is also the editor of The New Black, a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre.

Jac Jemc’s first collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in October 2014. Her novel, My Only Wife was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is also the author of a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She’d Invited In (Greying Ghost Press). She is the poetry editor at decomP and web nonfiction editor for Hobart. She’ll be reading from her new story collection, A Different Bed Everytime.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Lost in Space, Four Fathers, which he co-authored with Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, and Tom Williams, and Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal, among others. He also directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his vast, albeit faux, lifestyle empire. He will be reading from Four Fathers, a collection of thought-provoking, heartfelt essays on fatherhood. 

Brandon Tietz is the author of Out of Touch and Good Sex, Great Prayers. His short stories have been widely published, appearing as such print works as Warmed & Bound, Spark, and most recently, the Burnt Tongues anthology, which was co-edited by Richard Thomas and Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Tietz also serves as a regular contributor for LitReactor.com. He lives in Kansas City. He will be reading from his new novel, Good Sex, Great Prayers and “Dietary”, his story featured in Burnt Tongues.

About Booked. Podcast:

Established in April of 2011, Booked. is a weekly podcast where two avid readers review and discuss books, conduct author interviews, and make recommendations for good books they’ve read. Our goal is to deliver book reviews by everyday readers, for everyday readers.
*Diverse*
We strike a balance between reviewing books with large readership, and independent or small press books that don’t benefit from the amount of promotion that comes with a large publishing house.
*Fresh and New*
We review timely books. We’re always looking for recent or soon-to-be released books to review. We consider books of any genre a possible review – as long as our listeners can find and buy them.
*Interaction and Community*
In addition to reviews we do author interview episodes, open format episodes where we discuss topics our listeners suggest online, and “Intro to genre” episodes where we explore genre fiction with a guest ‘genre expert’. Using social media, we do book giveaways and share interesting book-related articles and discussions.

Just an FYI…there will probably be some sort of post-reading after-party involving lots of booze.

Video from Books & Booze reading in St. Louis

Video legend:

00:00 – 3:00: introduction/Kim Kardashian poetry
3:00 – 5:53: Good Sex, Great Prayers; Billy Burke sermons (got a little George dubya going on in my voice)
5:53 – 10:00: Good Sex, Great Prayers; Las Vegas (“chili dog” is the safety word)
10:00 – 13:27: Out of Touch new 3rd edition rewritten excerpt; “Hush” (shoulda brought my drink…mouth going dry like a motherfucker)
13:27 – end: Reality TV rewrites game; only those in attendance know what the penalty prize was since it was cut from the end of the video (everyone was white girl wasted by this point)

Thanks again to Books and Booze for putting this show together. I look forward to another.

Books & Booze Reading in St. Louis

BT on stageOn June 22nd I had a reading in St. Louis which was put on by the Books & Booze crew. It was a good time…finally got to meet Jessica, Renee, and Dakota along with some authors that I had only previously known through the Internet. It was also my first time reading live from Good Sex, Great Prayers and the revamped version of Out of Touch coming out through Perfect Edge. For those of you that bought Out of Touch at the show, you’ve probably noticed by now that the piece I read isn’t in the actual book. All in due time.

Books & Booze has since put up a preview recording which you can check out HERE. I’m being told that a full-length video is in the works, but for now, this should give you an idea of what went down at the show. Below is a timestamped legend of the reading, complete with hyperlinks to each author’s Amazon page.

Fred Venturini: 00:00 – 15:00

Salvatore Pane: 15:00 – 25:20

J. David Osborne: 25:20 – 34:15

David James Keaton: 34:15 – 55:50

Gordon Highland: 55:50 – 1:11:55

Brandon Tietz: 1:11:55 – end

For pictures from the event, click HERE.

Books and Booze radio interview and live show

books and booze live showJust in case you missed it, I recently did an interview with the good people over at Books and Booze. In it you get some initial reactions to the new novel, Good Sex, Great Prayers (thank you Renee for being my guinea pig), and we also talk about what’s happening with the 3rd edition re-release of Out of Touch.

You can listen to the full interview HERE

Also, the B&B people will be putting on a live show in St. Louis next month. You should most definitely come out if you can. It’s a limited space event so be sure to RSVP on Facebook so we can put you on the list.

Not sure what the other guys are doing, but I’ll be reading some Kim Kardashain poetry, a little bit from GSGP, and I may do a game on stage involving books and booze (to keep it in theme). As far as merchandise goes, I’ll be bringing a box of Out of Touch (2nd Edition) copies with me. I’ll be selling those for only $5 a piece–and yes–I will most definitely sign them for you.

See ya at the show!