Friday, March 30, 2018

Meet Me In The Strange Leander Watts

Meet Me in the Strange
Leander Watts
Publication date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
From the author of Beautiful City of the Dead and Stonecutter comes a dreamy, atmospheric coming of age story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Davi tries to help a new friend, Anna Z, escape a cruel and controlling brother, and the teens end up running away to follow the tour of their rock idol, the otherworldly Django Conn. The story is set in a weird and wonderful retro-futuristic city of glam-girls and glister-boys and a strange phenomenon that Anna Z calls the “Alien Drift.”

Author Bio:
An avid musician, Leander Watts has played and sung for decades in a wide variety of bands. His interests range from garage rock to skronky jazz, from baroque organ to Appalachian gospel. The first rock concert he attended was David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. He teaches writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo (his alma mater). Leander Watts is the author of Stonecutter, Wild Ride to Heaven, Ten Thousand Charms, and Beautiful City of the Dead.
Ten subjects I find endlessly fascinating
1- Mormonism
2- The Burnt Over District of western New York State
3- Glam rock ('71-'75)
4- fezzes and the guys who wear them
5- the ten films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
6- shape note hymn singing
7- baroque organ music
8- German history and culture (NOT the Hitler stuff)
9- religious kitsch
10- garlic (growing and eating)


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