Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) celebrates his new short story collection The Roy Stories and the rerelease of his novel Landscape with Traveler with a reading accompanied by jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki. He’ll also be in conversation about his work, and will take questions and sign. In The Roy Stories Gifford brings his signature style to a collection of tales following the character of Roy, who has made appearances in a number of Gifford’s previous story collections. Roy lives a mystical kind of life, skinning crocodiles in Southern Florida at age nine in the 1940s and playing in the back alleys of Chicago in the 1950s.In print for the first time in fifteen years, Landscape with Traveler is written as the protagonist's diary -- inspired by the first century Japanese writer Sei Shōnagon’s pillow book -- and structured as three acclaimed short novels bound into one volume. The book recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of the US from the 1930s through 1970s.
Barry Gifford has been writing gritty, American tales for the past forty years. His novels, stories, poetry, and films have helped shape the American neo-noir genre. The New York Times Book Review says that he "can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an entire life.”
Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves is Barry Gifford’s first full-length novel.