Monday, February 4, 2013

The Audio Series: John Minichillo

Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.   

Today, John Minichillo reads us his short story The Last Pool Party, which debuted here in print form. John's first novel, The Snow Whale, a contemporary retelling of Moby-Dick, was an Independent Publisher Book Awards regional gold medalist for the West-Pacific, a Hey Small Press! best of 2011 selection, an Orion Book Prize notable, and a Chicago Center for Literature and Photography "best of the best" selection for 2012. Hey Small Press! called The Snow Whale "the funniest book we reviewed all year." He teaches in Tennessee, lives in Nashville with his family, and he can be found at or on Twitter @thesnowhale.

Click on the soundcloud link to experience The Last Pool Party as read by John Minichillo. 

The word on John Minichillo's The Snow Whale:

When John Jacobs, a mild-mannered suburban office worker, takes a DNA test and discovers that he is part-Inuit, he so embraces his new identity that he declares it his Inupiat tribal right to set forth on a whale hunt.

So begins this postmodern satire, a seriocomic, quirky adventure set in the oldest continuously settled town in North America, in the North Slope of Alaska, on the frozen Chukchi Sea, literally at the top of the world, where the inhabitants and their ancestors have depended on subsistence whaling for thousands of years.
*lifted from goodreads with love

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