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March 17th: Steve Gillis and Anna Elizabeth at Crazy Wisdom

On March 17th at 7 PM Steve Gillis, author of Temporary People, will read at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore in Ann Arbor. And is daughter, Anna Elizabeth, a talented singer/songwriter and vocalist, will perform.

Steven Gillis is the author of the novels Walter Falls (2003), The Weight of Nothing (2005)—both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year—and Temporary People (2008) a finalist on many year end  Best  Of lists. Steve’s stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over four dozen journals. A collection of Steve’s  stories titled Giraffes was published in February, 2007. A second collection of  Steve’s stories, The Principles of  Landscape, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011.  Steve’ newest novel, The Consequence of Skating, will be out in late 2010. A 3 year member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve taught writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826michigan and the co-founder of Dzanc Books in partnership with Dan Wickett. All proceeds from Steve’s writing go to Dzanc.

Anna Elizabeth is an Ann Arbor bred singer/songwriter who has peformed numerous times at the Ark, the Chelsea Festival and other venues. A gifted guitarist and vocalist, already an accomplished performer–Anna is 15 years old but her material has the sound of  an old soul.  Anna is currently in the studio recording her first CD. Anna is also the daughter of Steve Gillis and will be travelling with Steve this fall as they tour to promote their work.

The Tea Room at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
114 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-2757

Temporary People: A Trip Into The Backlist


Dear Black Lawrence Press Friends, Family, and Fans,

In 1946, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot opened and closed in London in less than two months.  Worse, a year later, ‘Godot’  ran for less than 40 performances on Broadway.  60 years later, ‘Godot’ is recognized as one of the greatest plays in the English language.

Joeseph Heller’s Catch 22 was rejected by 32 publishers before being published in 1961, and becoming one of the literary landmarks of our time.

Between 1953-1954, Nabokov’s Lolita went unpublished and rejected for over 14 months, before it, too, found its way into the pantheon of American literature and was published in 1955.

Who knows if Steven Gillis’ novel, Temporary People, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.  What we do know is that in April of 2008, Temporary People received glowing reviews by the few sources which read the novel.  Wary of the material, the majority of major reviewers shied away.  Stores were unsure as well what to do with the novel which, since its release, has proven prescient in its commentary on the state of the world and human nature at its best and worst.  A love story and political satire, Temporary People is a book which like many of its predecessors is initially misunderstood and neglected, but – we hope – through your readership destined for greater things.

Here’s an excerpt from the first page of the novel:

The babies’ heads are fat as fruit grown ripe beyond all natural measure. I remember the first time I saw one, her woebegone look and swollen scale, with hair stretched out in gossamer patches, as ill-proportioned as an artist’s lampoon. Startled, I couldn’t help but stare and wonder what had happened. Three months later, as the numbers rose and hinted of an epidemic, the truth came out and to no surprise gave us Teddy Lamb, a.k.a. the General…

You can order a copy from Black Lawrence Press or from Amazon.

Happy reading!


Diane Goettel

TEMPORARY PEOPLE at legendary Strand Bookstore in NYC

A Fable by Steven Gillis

TEMPORARY PEOPLE: A Fable by Steven Gillis

TEMPORARY PEOPLE by Steven Gillis is now available at Strand, legendary NYC bookstore.

Check it out:

http://www. strandbooks. com/app/www/p/profile/?isbn=0976899361

From Strand Bookstore:

“Steven Gillis teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the author of “Walter Falls”, “Giraffes” and “The Weight of Nothing”. Gillis’s “Temporary People” is a fable about a failed television actor, Teddy Lamb a.k.a. The General. Teddy Lamb has turned into a banana republic dictator of Bamerita, a Caribbean island that Teddy has turned into a large movie set. This fable is told through the voice of insurance salesman Andre Manfante, who believes that Teddyhas set out not to make a movie but to blur the edges of reality so that he can claim all acts of violence are mere make-believe. A stunningly original, cautionary tale for our present time. A stark warning for our post-9/11 world.

Or pick it up at Black Lawrence with a special fall deal:

http://www. blacklawrence. com/specials. html

Black Lawrence Novel on Comedy Central

Steven Gillis’s novel, Temporary People, is available at Comedy Central.