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.