Losing in Gainesville author Brian Costello and Philly-based Brian Warfield will do a reading Saturday, January 10, at Bindlestiff Books, 4530 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia. This free event starts at 7 p.m.
Set in mid-1990s Florida, Losing in Gainesville hilariously explores what failure means in a culture where everyone is supposed to win. Razorcake praised Brian Costello’s first novel (The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs) for its language and vivid detail, and Bookslut lauded its dialogue and conversational tone. These strengths are once again on display in Losing in Gainesville. With an ensemble cast of slackers, burn-outs, musicians, and dreamers, who are all losing something—their youth, their ambitions, their careers, their children, their former identities—Costello builds a sun-bleached world of people struggling to understand what it means to succeed on their terms.
Brian Costello is a writer, musician, and comedic performer living in Chicago, Illinois. He plays drums in the band Outer Minds, and co-hosts Shame That Tune, a live monthly comedy game show. Losing in Gainesville, published by Curbside Splendor Press, is his second novel. This is the only Philadelphia stop on his East Coast tour. Books will be available.
Brian Warfield writes short stories and other things, including for local indy Fact-Simile press. You can find synopses of current stories, links to his published stories and poems on his website, brianwarfield.weebly.com. He likes it when random people talk to him about writing or his stories or strange ideas or any combination of those things.
We will be closed Dec. 25 and 26, and again on New Years Day.
Wednesday, 12/24 Noon to 6 pm
Thursday, 12/25 Closed
Friday 12/26 Closed
Saturday 12/27 Noon to 7 pm
Sunday 12/28 Noon to 5 pm
Monday 12/29 Closed
Tuesday 12/30 Noon to 7 pm
Wednesday 12/31 Noon to 4 pm
Thursday 1/1/2015 Closed
Friday 1/2 Noon to 7 pm
Saturday 1/3 Noon to 7 pm
Sunday 1/4 Noon to 5 pm
Bindlestiff Books and Queer Books
(a new bookstore cafe in the process of becoming) are co-sponsoring a book event:
Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought author reading with Patricia Melzer
Thursday, December 11, 6 pm – 8 pm
A-Space Anarchist Community Center
4722 Baltimore Avenue
Patricia Melzer is Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Temple University.
Though set in other worlds populated by alien beings, science fiction is a site where humans can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that shape this world, from fundamentals such as the sex and gender of the body to global power relations among sexes, races, and nations. Feminist thinkers and writers are increasingly recognizing science fiction’s potential to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, while the creators of science fiction are bringing new depth and complexity to the genre by engaging with feminist theories and politics. Alien Constructions maps the intersection of feminism and science fiction through close readings of science fiction literature by Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the movies The Matrix and the Alien series.
Patricia Melzer analyzes how these authors and films represent debates and concepts in three areas of feminist thought: identity and difference, feminist critiques of science and technology, and the relationship among gender identity, body, and desire, including the new gender politics of queer desires, transgender, and intersexed bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political elements shape these debates, including global capitalism and exploitative class relations within a growing international system; the impact of computer, industrial, and medical technologies on women’s lives and reproductive rights; and posthuman embodiment as expressed through biotechnologies, the body/machine interface, and the commodification of desire. Melzer’s investigation makes it clear that feminist writings and readings of science fiction are part of a feminist critique of existing power relations—and that the alien constructions (cyborgs, clones, androids, aliens, and hybrids) that populate postmodern science fiction are as potentially empowering as they are threatening.