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  • Date: October 23
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PT

Joe Meno, Nina Revoyr, and Rachel Kessler at Elliott Bay Book Company

Elliott Bay Book Company and Hugo House will hold a book release party for authors Joe Meno and Nina Revoyr, both of whom have forthcoming novels from Akashic Books.

Meno’s forthcoming Marvel and a Wonder, to be released Sept. 1, is a Faulknerian saga of a Korean War veteran tasked with raising his apathetic 16-year-old grandson. The two are brought closer together on a journey through the American heartland to retrieve their stolen horse.

Revoyr’s Lost Canyon, to be released Aug. 25, follows four diverse characters on a journey through the Sierra Nevada gone terribly wrong. According to Akashic Books, the character’s varied backgrounds add a deeply thoughtful social commentary to Revoyr’s bestselling narrative flair.

Seattle-based writer, visual artist, and teacher Rachel Kessler will also read at the launch.


Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of six novels and two short story collections. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney’s, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Magazine.



Nina Revoyr is the author of four novels. Her second novel, Southland, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and “Best Book of 2003,” a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. The Age of Dreaming, was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Nina’s most recent novel, Wingshooters, was a Booklist Editors Choice for 2011, an O: Oprah Magazine’s “Book to Watch For,” and the winner of the Indie Booksellers Choice Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Her fifth novel, Lost Canyon, will be published in August 2015.


Rachel Kessler (Typing Explosion, Vis-à-Vis Society) is a poet and essayist who works with comics, video, installation, and performance art. Her work has appeared in Open Daybook, Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, The Stranger, The Frye Art Museum and elsewhere. She works as a teaching artist with Writers in the Schools, Path with Art, and Centrum.