“I had been careful to ascertain if she was marked. She had no visible mark but that didn’t rule out the possibility of a latent mark. Most carriers of the mark, I had read, do not show any indication that they have it. The mark itself is a red circle of raised flesh. It is more raspberry red than angry skin red. It doesn’t look like an insect bite, pimple or rash. It is unmistakable as a sign that someone has been affected. For many years, people believed the mark brought about misery and a much shorter life.”
“Mark”, in Word Riot, March 2014

shortrun_header_20132I am reading this year at The Short Run Festival after Kate Lebo at about noon from my new collection of stories from The Publication Studio, Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. My presentation is called “Calls, Signals, Regalia of the Post-Pubescent Geek” and likely this will be a confessional memoir, I mean, fiction: it will be completely made up. I would only know the finer points of drawing on hexagonal battlemaps if I did research with subject matter experts who are not me. You can find a copy of the book for free at The Publication Studio Reading Commons (at the green link) or paper for 20 bucks from the studio (the blue ‘buy now’ link). Or, you can get a Kindle version from Amazon (5 bucks). In any case if you are at Short Run, say come and hear me and say hi, or if you are in Seattle, go to Short Run! Thanks.

Here is the studio link:
http://www.publicationstudio.biz/books/216

Here is the Kindle link:
http://amzn.to/109hLy6

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The Double E by Matt Briggs

The Double E

by Matt Briggs

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.

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Three Seattle Novelists reading Thursday 6/6 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. Free.
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA.

I’m going to reading on the release of a new books from Donna Miscolta (When the de la Cruz Family Danced), Laurie Blauner (The Bohemians), Matt Briggs (Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys and The Double E).

411 people requested one of five copies of Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys for a Goodreads Giveaway. Because so many people requested it, Final State Press is offering the Kindle version of the book for sale today at 99 cents. Click here and download it today for less than a buck.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys by Matt Briggs

Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys

by Matt Briggs

Giveaway ends May 17, 2013.

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I read in Eugene at the Tsunami Books on Saturday April 20th along with John Burgess, Ralph Salisbury, and Howard Robertson. Steven Schreiner has been recording readers at Tsunami Books for awhile now and has posted videos of a number of Pacific Northwest writers including Lana Hechtman Ayers, Paul Hunter and John Witte. I last read at Tsunami Books in 2003 from my second book Misplaced Alice. I was reading this time from my seventh book, Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. I read a story, The Penile Colony, that originally appeared in The Roethke Reader, a collection of work by writers who write various pieces that were Roethke related when ACT Theater performed David Wagoner’s play First Class.

Published on Apr 24, 2013, recorded and posted by Steven Schreiner.
The Third Saturday Readers Series on April 20, 2013, at Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon.

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