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Welcome to another installment of If My Book, the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors shed light on their recently released books by comparing them to weird things. This week Erica Wright writes about her second novel, The Granite Moth, just published by Pegasus Books.

I was reading when she called me, collect, from Italy. She was drunk. I could hear voices in the background—the familiar muffled hum of pub sounds.

There’s a man here, she said, who’s hitting on me.

B. J. Best is the author of two previous books of poetry: Birds of Wisconsin (New Rivers Press) and State Sonnets (Sunnyoutside). He is also the author of three chapbooks from Centennial Press, most recently the prose poem collection Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking. He teaches at Carroll University and lives in the Wisconsin […]

Dakota Sexton   In this semi-regular feature, writer Dakota Sexton will document her travels through America’s towns and cities, and the people she meets along the way.     Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Before heading on a road-trip to Gettysburg, my car has a faulty gas gauge, a non-functional 12-volt adapter, a damaged but functional back hatch, […]

I’ve lived in the NYC area for the better part of a decade now, and I’ve been to events in all kinds of venues: Concerts in pizza shops, movies in parks, readings in art museums. All of them felt like “New York” events, even though the locations ran the gamut from highbrow to skid row. […]

  Accidental Insult D.M. Olson How else could I respond to my mother when she called me a “son of a bitch,” but laugh at what she called herself?   Note from Phil Roman Colombo If I am sleeping when the rapture starts, please, don’t wake me up.   Time Crisis Chris Edwards I played […]

If you’re an avid Monkeybicycle reader, you’ll remember James Kaelan’s terrific fictional profile of Carl Roberts, the San Francisco restauranteur, in issue seven. Or, you might have read his novella, We’re Getting On, which Poets & Writers called, “a devastating debut book.” Or, you might’ve even seen him as that magazine’s cover story when he […]