‘Tomorrowland’ author to hold reading at UC Clermont College

Author Joseph Bates will do a reading in the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont College on November 14 at 2 p.m.. He will be reading from and signing his new book “Tomorrowland.”

“Tomorrowland” offers stories full of strange attractions and uncanny conceits – a world of freakish former child stars, abused Elvis impersonators, derelict roadside attractions, apocalyptic small towns, alternate universes where you make out with your ex, and cities built in your backyard to house all the people you’ve disappointed in life. At its core, the world of “Tomorrowland” is our own, its misfit main characters recognizably us, though reflected off a funhouse mirror – revealing our hopes and deepest fears to comic, heartbreaking effect.

Bates is the author of “Tomorrowland: Stories” (Curbside Splendor 2013) and “The Nighttime Novelist” (Writer's Digest, 2010). His short fiction has appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, South Carolina Review, Fresh Boiled Peanuts, and InDigest Magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford.

“The first collection of futuristic short fiction from master storyteller [Joseph] Bates is filled with surprising, clever turns, at once freakishly funny and wildly imaginative. Bates has a well-calibrated sense of comic timing but does well not to stray into outright lampoon, instead layering characters with realistic detail and emotion … [A]n outstanding story collection.” —Booklist.

This event is free and open to the community. No RSVP required. For directions to the college located at 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia visit: http://www.ucclermont.edu/about.html For more information about the author: http://www.josephbates.net/

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