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BEN MARCUS - Flame Alphabet

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
The Flame Alphabet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307379375
Availability: Unavailable. Orders will be auto-cancelled.
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 17th, 2012

Notable American Women: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375713781
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Vintage - March 19th, 2002

Age of Wire and String: Stories (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564781963
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 1st, 1998

 BookPeople and American Short Fiction
are proud to present
Award Winning Literary Author
speaking & signing his new novel

The Flame Alphabet.

What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love?

A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction.
With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition.

Check out this amazing short film based on the book.

Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is a Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Acquired by Badgerdog in 2003 and relaunched in March 2006, Austin-based American Short Fiction publishes short fiction that is wild, heartfelt, innovative, new. The magazine introduces you to writers you should know this minute, and stories that'll stick with you for a lifetime. Work from ASF has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories of the Southwest, and Dzanc's Best of the Web.

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