Live Stream: Philip Dean Walker presents Better Davis and Other Stories in conversation with Emily Voorhees

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"This book is a treasure-wise, irreverent, capable of both celebration and mourning. Walker is a singular talent, able to make both humor and tragedy come to life on the page, and to illuminate the many ways that by choice or necessity, a life can become a performance. Together, the characters in Better Davis and Other Stories create a vibrant portrait of a community at the precipice of the AIDS crisis. In preserving so much of the joy and human connection of this era, Walker underscores and grieves the enormous loss."  -Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections

Philip Dean Walker holds a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from American University. His fiction has previously appeared in Big LucksCollective FalloutJonathanCallisto, Glitterwolf Magazine, theNewerYork, Anak Sastra, Carbon Culture Review, Lunch Review and Driftwood Press. His personal essay, "The Other Side of the Game," was anthologized in the 2013 Rainbow Award-winning nonfiction anthology The Other Man: Twenty-One Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity and Moving On (JMS Books, LLC). His story "Three-Sink Sink" was named as a finalist for the 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction from The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review and appears in the anthology Pay for Play (Bold Strokes Books, LLC). He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His debut collection of short stories, At Danceteria and Other Stories, was published by Squares & Rebels in November 2016 and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017 and received a *starred review. His second collection of stories, Read by Strangers, was published by Lethe Press in April 2018. Kirkus Reviews said, in their *starred review of the book that, "Walker’s scintillating stories crackle with frank sexuality and deadpan comedy. There’s a satirical edge to many of them, but they are always grounded in prose that’s realistic but extraordinarily vivid and even nightmarish." His new book, Better Davis and Other Stories, will be published on September 15, 2021 by Squares & Rebels. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Emily Voorhees is a poet, essayist and Social Worker based in Corrales, NM.

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ISBN: 9781941960158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Squares & Rebels - September 15th, 2021

At Danceteria and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941960059
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Published: Squares & Rebels - November 15th, 2016

SKU: x672389