All But True feat. Michael Cocchiarale & Chris Ludovici
Please join us for the next installment of the ALL BUT TRUE Reading Series
—author readings hosted by The Working Writers Group—
Michael Cocchiarale & Chris Ludovici
About Michael Cocciarale's NONE OF THE ABOVE
None of the Above spans twenty seven years (1980-2007) of the life of Increase Alt, a fearful, introverted sort who does a poor job of paying attention to things that don't directly affect his life. Throughout grade school, high school, and college, his energies become more and more directed toward his own pursuits--the study of literature, the attempt to secure a girlfriend, the forging and maintaining of relationships with his male peers. Events happening in the world, in the country, and in his hometown of Cleveland--a Reagan-Carter presidential debate, the Iran Contra scandal, the AIDS epidemic, the first Gulf War--become important only when they threaten to pull him out of his comfort zone. As a highly-educated adult, he returns to the town of his birth to discover he still has much to learn, as both personal trials and traumas in the country (and world) put his maturity to the test.
About Chris Ludovici's THE MINORS
Samantha Heller just found out that her family must move to Chicago at the end of the school year. And even worse, her father must move before the family to start his new job, meaning she has to deal with her mother, the one woman she should be able to relate to, but can't. In light of the situation, Sam befriends Nick Rogers, the contractor hired on to renovate the house.
Nick Rogers, a man who prefers to be alone, finds comfort in the Heller family household. They accept him, and he slowly takes on the duties of Sam's father. He mediates fights between Sam and her mother, Liz. He helps Sam practice for her driver's license exam. But the calm doesn't last long.
Just as Sam starts to see her mother more as an ally and less as an enemy, something terrible splits them apart. The result? A lesson in understanding what it means to be a grown up in world that isn't very forgiving.
MICHAEL COCCHIARALE is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Widener University (Chester, PA), where he teaches courses in American literature, fiction writing, and composition. He is the author of None of the Above (Unsolicited Press, 2019), as well as two collections of short fiction—Still Time (Fomite, 2012) and Here Is Ware (Fomite, 2018). Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (a city to which he’s always returning), he has also spent wonderful time in Athens, Ohio; Lafayette, Indiana; and Greifswald, Germany.
CHRIS LUDOVICI has published articles in The Princeton Packet, the Penn Gazette, Cinedelphia, Cleaver Magazine, The Spool, and Forces of Geek. His fiction has appeared online at Cleaver, as well as in print in Peregrine and in the anthology How Anything Can Grow from This. In 2017 his debut novel, The Minors, was published by Unsolicited Press. In 2009, he won the Judith Stark awards in fiction and drama. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, son, and not enough cats.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104