Join us on May 7th at 6:30 to meet local author Dan Torday and hear him discuss his new book The Last Flight of Poxl West.


"A wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve:
tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.
Torday is a prodigiously talented writer, with a huge heart."
-- George Saunders, author of Tenth of December


Poxl West fled the Nazis' onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz's rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber.

Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli's head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir.

Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:30pm

POEM of the DAY

May, 6th, 2015



Travel Is A Dream You Do Not Come Out Of


I wonder if Orpheus who returned from the land of the dead

and Odysseus who returned from the island of Ithaca

both woke from a dream

the vomit of dreams

that jumps out of a computer too like a frog

a bell is attached to the brain of Berlin

ears pierced nose smoky-voiced

put the penis in a baby carriage and cover it with a quilt

a middle-aged gay woman who walks the main road pushing it

Last Tango in Paris and salsa

filled with dance and music

only on this day the road is closed off with a pink belt

a day of dreams dreaming a gay parade, a Greenpeace parade,

a gender parade, AIDS &....

the parade continues


when I come out of a dream on my trip I pay tax on the plane

my dream changes marks to pounds, and pounds to yen

and changes that to what?

the dream becomes me, and as soon as I pick up my bags

I shoulder myself and begin to walk have you

ever met a highwayman of dreams

a thing like the soul is picked up more easily that the body of a rabbit

the label of its unknown is pasted on it and will be exiled

permanently from reality this world


                                          - Kazuko Shiraishi

                                from My Floating Mother, City




By Kazuko Shiraishi, Yumiko Tsumura (Translator), Samuel Grolmes (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811217965
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 28th, 2009

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