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Readings Mon Sep 30 2013

Seattle Punk Vet Danny Bland Brings In Case We Die to Quimby's Bookstore

incasewediecvr.pngEven if you did most of your growing up to the sounds of punk rock in the '80s or '90s, the name Danny Bland might not ring a bell. But how about The Dwarves? The Knitters? Currently based in Seattle, Bland once played in the former group and was road manager for the latter, among a wealth of other musical entanglements. Decades of hard, loud living have informed his debut novel, In Case We Die, which Bland reads from on Wednesday, October 2, at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore.

In Case We Die makes its sensibility known early on with a detailed inventory of the porn emporium where protagonist Charlie works the night shift, and things only get seamier--and then darker--from there. Amidst the druggy Seattle gloom, it's gleefully profane and full of fast and funny character descriptions (one of Charlie's coworkers is "the perfect bulldog-human hybrid," for instance); I'm guessing that the reading will be the same way.

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