Sat 9/27 6pm – 7pm
Gregg Cusick discusses his short story collection My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible, with complimentary refreshments
Livingston Press 9781604891386
The cast of characters and settings in My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible are quite diverse, moving from an eleven-year-old at a wake to an octogenarian in a grade school principal's office (with much in between). But the stories are linked by the common strivings of the individuals, by their attempts to make connections and to acknowledge and deal with their (seemingly ever-present) pasts.
Here's what Lee Smith (author of Guests on Earth) recently wrote about the collection:
"Poet of the everyday, connoisseur of hard times, spokesman for the down and out ... there seems no end to the range of characters that Gregg Cusick can understand and articulate ... Confusion and accident often seem to rule in these stories set in a mostly-hidden America, just below the surface of community and success. Taken as a whole, they make a serious comment on a particular slice of American life. Cusick's viewpoint is dead-on though compassionate; his language is exact, clear, and lovely .... My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible is the most rewarding collection of new fiction I have read in years."
Gregg Cusick’s early fiction featured a horse named Nag and was accompanied by hand-crayoned illustrations. Over the years since, he has supported his writing habit through work as a furniture mover, English teacher, paralegal, construction worker, and retail manager, among others. His fiction has appeared in more than two dozen journals and has won numerous awards, including the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and The Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds a Master’s in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he bartends and tutors literacy.