Monday, September 11, 2017

Paradise Gardens at MLA 2018. and @DIXON PLACE Unimaginable Worlds! 10/5.

Four Pelekinesis titles will be on display in the Small Press Distribution booth at the 2018 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention from January 4-7 in New York City. MLA is the single largest gathering of U.S. academics in literature and cultural studies.

Peter Cherches - “Autobiography Without Words”
Peter Wortsman - “Footprints in Wet Cement”
Susan I. Weinstein - “Paradise Gardens
Roberta Allen - “The Princess of Herself”

These titles are available for course-adoption to graduate or undergraduate literature classes via Small Press Distribution (SPD).

Peter Cherches has been called “one of the innovators of the short short story” by Publishers Weekly. Walking the thin line between memoir and fiction, “Autobiography Without Words” follows the main character, variously known as Pete, Mr. Cherches and Peter Cherches, through the big and small adventures of life.
Peter Wortsman has been dubbed “a 20th-century Brother Grimm” by Bloomsbury Review. Referring to “Footprints in Wet Cement,” distinguished literary scholar and critic Marjorie Perloff says, “In these delicious short (often very short) stories, Peter Wortsman crosses Kafkaesque absurdity with Chekhovian realism.”
Susan Weinstein is a writer, playwright, and painter. “Paradise Gardens - New Edition,” an Orwellian speculative fiction, was written in the 1980s. It was read in-progress, at the original Dixon Place and at Darinka, whose archive is now part of NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections. Pelekinesis published the new definitive edition with expanded content in 2017.
Roberta Allen was on the faculty of The New School for many years and has also taught at Columbia University. Her conceptual art, exhibited internationally, is held in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Princess of Herself” is a fierce and darkly humorous collection of stories.

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THANKS to @DixonPlace lounge for hosting UNIMAGINABLE WORLDS last night! 10/5

60 minutes of pleasure and perhaps terror, as we encounter feasible lives you can't imagine. Excerpts from new editions published by Pelekinesis.

Love between NYC professionals on Unimaginable real estate (Paradise Gardens). A mermaid meets imitators in Coney Island (Tales from the Mer Family Onyx)

Unimaginable--Seas we know that are unimaginable.

A pier that seems familiar, we know this place, except it's Unimaginable.

(PARADISE GARDENS recommended by SPD (Small Press Distributors) Dixon Place presents:

What are you doing Thursday, October 5th? UNIMAGINABLE WORLDS is in Dixon Place Lounge, 7:30 to 8:30. Free admission.
Imagine the unimaginable. You are living in an authoritarian business paradise but don't know it. Or you know real life is nothing like what is presented to people. You are part of the resistance but need your cover. Yet you are in love. That is the situation between Janet McCarthy, claims adjustor at Rudimental Life Co,, and Michael Thorpe, proprietor of a Greenwich Village store specializing in ethnic artifacts. When is romance key to human survival?
For answers to this dilemma, in the tradition of Philip K. Dick's paranoid fiction come visit Paradise Gardens.
Ever wonder how our planet might fare if Gods rule? Neptune manages the weather, the seas, but his daughter dabbles in humans. For the lighter side of planetary turmoil, there's Tales of the Mer Family Onyx.
UNIMAGINABLE WORLDS--corporate business estates and mermaid seas--works by Susan I. Weinstein enacted in spoken words by author and performer Sara Minisquero with visuals and music by Diana Rivera

Dixon Place lounge
161 Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002
7:30 to 8:30
Free admission

Here is a podcast interview on The Book Guys with Susan I. Weinstein about Paradise Gardens.

Fiction Bookshelf
Midwest Book Review

Synopsis: Something that could easily have been ripped from today's newspaper headlines in this our second Golden Age of Robber Barron capitalism as evidence by President Donald Trump turning his administration over to corporate executives and millionaires, and appointing to be heads of various governmental agencies men and women hostile to them in line with Steve Bannon's aspiration to 'deconstruct' the government."Paradise Gardens" by Susan I. Weinstein is a truly Orwellian novel of speculative fiction that is set in an all too believable near future world, where the Federal government has dissolved amid ecological breakdown.

"Paradise Gardens" becomes the home of the United Business Estates (U.B.E). Capitalism has devolved into the corporate feudalism of the U.B.E., where employees are conceived as Superior or Average to fit the needs of business. It is a vision at once strange and familiar. The recognition it brings is a dark pleasure.

Critique: Part of the attraction of "Paradise Gardens" is that it is all too believable given the political climate today where corporate money clearly dominates all three branches of the federal government (even to the point of running well funded television commercials promoting the appointment of a member of the United States Supreme Court), and the top 1% of the population control 80% of the country's wealth. Deftly written, "Paradise Gardens" follows in literary tradition of dystopian novels and his very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Paradise Gardens" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.95).

Whether male or female, virtuous or amoral, mythical Mer creatures often reflect humankind’s feelings about nature—familiar and alien. Tales of the Mer Family explores the worlds of Mer, through the magical household of Neptune and Glendora, stewards of the sea. Like L Frank Baum’s Oz Books and E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It, this “family book” is for mixed age groups of children and adults. Among the Onyx clan are toddler Ruby, tween boy-girl-tweens, teen beauties and Pinky, a mini-mermaid. When Neptune challenges his children, they discover their limits in forbidden caves, worlds out of time, and at The Coney Island Mermaid Parade, where an Earth boy’s dream comes true.

New Editions By Susan I. Weinstein
These New Editions are not reprints. All these books have been rewritten with Prologues, Readers' Guides, Forewords. In addition, Paradise Gardens and Tales of the Mer family Onyx are illustrated. These definitive versions are the best I could make them. Why they have new ISBNS, so thanks for your interest.