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Mark Spitzer, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, Editor in Chief of the Toad Suck Review, and Central Arkansas’s unrivaled water-monster chronicler, has been showcasing his twenty-second book Garapaima: A Monster Fish Novel (Moon Willow Press, Canada) throughout Arkansas and Missouri, and will return to Conway for a book signing at Hastings Books and Music on October 31, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Spitzer’s recent publications in creative nonfiction include Return of the Gar and Season of the Gar. But in “Garapaima, Spitzer proves himself to be king of the fish novel,” praises John Vanderslice, author of Island Fog. Garapaima features “a heartbroken illusionist, a magical Native American songstress, a burly shape-shifting poet-professor, a stoner security guard techno hero, a hair-dyed tween up on every LGBT issue, [and] an all-knowing talking turtle. Not to mention a 154-year-old monster catfish.”

In Garapaima, “Spitzer combines the existential struggles of The Old Man and the Sea with the eco-consciousness of The Monkey Wrench Gang and the youthful energy of The Hunger Games,” states author JoeAnn Hart, author of Float. It “is humorous and engaging, and exudes the charm of life-as-play while not disregarding the deeper concerns of contemporary life,” lauds Scott Ezell, author of A Far Corner.

Hastings Books and Music is located at 1360 U.S. Hwy. 64 in Conway, across from Lowes. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Garapaima will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Meghan Hamley at (501) 329-1108.

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