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Maximum Punch, Minimum Words: The Short Fiction of Barry Gifford
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For 40 years and at least that many printed works, Barry Gifford has been known as a writer’s writer. Jonathan Lethem says he "invented his own American vernacular: William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly." According to Elmore Leonard, Gifford "cuts right through the heart." And William Saroyan: "Barry Gifford is a great writer." Tonight he discusses his new short fiction collection,The Cuban Club, with bestselling author Tom Barbash. 

 

Tom Barbash Tom Barbash is author of the recent story collection Stay Up With Me, as well as the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Barry Gifford Barry Gifford is the author of more than 40 published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into 28 languages. His most recent prose works are The Up-Down, Writers, Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems, The Roy Stories, and Landscape with Traveler. Gifford's novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula was adapted by director David Lynch as a film, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Gifford has since written several films including Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, and You Can't Win.

 

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