Reminder: Free Literary Event in Portland This Friday, 11/30

To celebrate the release of Todd Grimson’s “Stabs At Happiness”, we’re having a literary reading featuring up to 6 different performers, all reading short stories from the new collection. This event is at the Jack London Bar this Friday, is free, and doors open at 7:00 p.m. 

Schedule of Events.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Literary Reading Featuring:
* Efra Lopez * Dede Desperade * Jake Ten Pas * Andrea White

9:30 - close. Live Music Featuring:
* DJ Charles Burlitz
* The Tenses
* Grape God
* Razorguts

Todd Grimson Book Release Event at the Jack London Bar 11/30 @ 7 p.m. - FREE

Schedule of Events.
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Literary Reading Featuring:
* Efra Lopez * Dede Desperade * Jake Ten Pas * Andrea White


9:30 - close. Live Music Featuring:
* DJ Charles Burlitz
* The Tenses
* Grape God
* Razorguts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOOK RELEASE EVENT AT THE JACK LONDON BAR
Writers, Poets and Musicians Gather to Celebrate Release of Diverse Collection of Short Stories by Critically Acclaimed Portland Author Todd Grimson

November 13, 2012 (Portland, OR). Artists, actors and other notable locals will gather Friday, November 30th for a book release event featuring a reading and concert, celebrating the release of a new collection of short stories titled “Stabs At Happiness” from Portland author Todd Grimson. This free event will take place at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Ave) in Portland, Oregon and doors open at 7:00 p.m. A literary reading with live actors will occur from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be followed with live music from 9:30 p.m. until close. 

About Todd Grimson.
Todd Grimson earned the 1988 Oregon Book Award for fiction for his novel “Within Normal Limits”, a book he wrote while working the late shift in an emergency room at NW Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital. “Within Normal Limits” was followed by the critically acclaimed supernatural zombie thriller “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and a twisted 90’s-era vampire love story titled “Stainless.” In 2011, upon the re-release latter two books by Schaffner Press, The Guardian newspaper in Britain called Todd Grimson, “The Greatest Horror Writer You’ve Never Read.”

About “Stabs At Happiness.”
The thirteen stories in STABS AT HAPPINESS represent over three decades of Grimson’s fiction, both in his own name and under the nom de plume Innocente Fontana, which have been published in a variety of literary journals and online publications. 

Ranging in setting from the farthest depths of the Amazon to the casbahs of Morocco, with stops in the Warholesque downtown New York of 1973, the corrupt last days of pre-Castro Havana 1959, or San Francisco just as Prohibition came to an end in 1932, these sometimes tragic, sometimes darkly comic or surreal stories are populated by desperate vagabonds, prostitutes, explorers, gangsters, transvestites, starlets and others on the run or at the end of the line, in a unique voice reminiscent sometimes of Don DeLillo, Donald Barthelme, Haruki Murakami or Graham Greene.

The Oregonian calls “Stabs At Happiness” a “vivid, engaging, commendable, recommendable return to print for an unsung local author.”

About the event.
The literary event will feature several readings, beginning at 7:30 p.m. from actors and artists including Andrea White, Jake Ten Pas, Dede Desperade, Efra Lopez, and other special guests. The readers have been specifically chosen to reflect the settings and offer variety to each of the short stories, in what promises to be a fun twist on the traditional author reading. Due to his fight against multiple sclerosis, Todd Grimson will not be present at this event.

Music will begin at 9:30 p.m. and features DJ Operative, Grape God, and The Tenses.

Signed copies of “Stabs At Happiness” and Grimson’s other works “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and “Stainless” will be available at the event for purchase from St. Johns Booksellers, a family-owned neighborhood bookstore located at 8622 N. Lombard St. in the historic heart of North Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood. For more: www.stjohnsbooks.com 

About the readers.

Andrea White. Andrea has most recently been seen in Profile Theater’s Lesson Before Dying as Vivian. Andrea is a two-time Drammy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in Theater Vertigo’s Hell Cab and Artist Repertory Theater’s Two Sisters and a Piano. She enjoyed a two-year run as Jeanie in the Los Angeles 30-year revival of the musical Hair. Andrea may also be seen on such television shows as NYPD Blue, Family Matters, Living Single, and most recently Grimm, and Leverage, and as Dr. Algeria in Extra Ordinary Measures. She will be reading the fictional short story “What The Matter Is” based loosely upon a historical event in which the actress Jean Harlow went missing. 

Jake Ten Pas. Jake is a freelance writer for local publications such as The Oregonian, covering music, travel, TV and more. He’s also the Minister of Propaganda at AM:PM PR. When he’s not making with the words, he’s consuming as much media as he can, from obscure psychedelic rock to cosmic horror literature to the films of Nicholas Winding Refn. Jake will be reading the short story titled, “Wrong” which is a fictional story that takes place in Portland. 

Dede Desperade. Dede is a community activist and low budget horror film princess. Dede will be reading the self-titled short story, “Stabs At Happiness.”

Efra Lopez. Efra is a born entertainer and is often regarded as a de facto master of ceremonies for extravagant parties among the wealthy and/or good-natured. Efra’s charming Latin American accent will add texture to his reading of the short story titled “Hurt’s Rescue.” 

*** More special guests to be announced at: www.toddgrimson.com

For more information, call Michael Phillips at The Neo Com Group, (360) 601-9984 or contact via email at: theneocomgroup@gmail.com. 

About Schaffner Press.
Schaffner Press publishes books that stand the test of time. Not interested in trends, or the latest diet craze, how-to’s or how not-to’s, screeds, diatribes or books predicting the upcoming rapture or apocalyptic scenario, Schaffner Press publishes books that reaches beyond my world and connects with the larger landscape, and which explores an issue that is important both to me personally and to the world as a whole. Hence, the Schaffner Press mission statement: “Books of Social Relevance for the Discerning Reader.”

Additional Links:
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/gVVmu77TioU
Website: www.toddgrimson.com
Schaffner Press: www.schaffnerpress.com
St. John’s Books: www.stjohnsbooks.com


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Be happy.

Be happy.

Saw this cool idea at the Hawthorne Street Fair today. They make handmade journals from vintage books. For more visit: www.bookjournals.com

Saw this cool idea at the Hawthorne Street Fair today. They make handmade journals from vintage books. For more visit: www.bookjournals.com

Here’s the cover of the new release from Todd Grimson titled “Stabs At Happiness: 13 Short Stories.”  We’re releasing the book Nov. 1st, but are sending out galleys right now.  If you’d like to be considered, show me your press credentials and we’ll consider.
About.
From 1988 Oregon Book Award-winning author Todd Grimson, comes our November hardcover release of “Stabs at Happiness.”  Todd Grimson won the 1988 Oregon Book Award for Fiction for “Within Normal Limits” and has written two other acclaimed novels, “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and “Stainless” - both of which have been republished by Schaffner Press within the past year.  
"STABS AT HAPPINESS: 13 Stories" is the first collection of short fiction by Grimson, which spans a career of over thirty years. Many of these pieces were first seen in groundbreaking literary journals of the 80’s and 90’s and more recent stories have been published in online literary journals.
Representing a vast array of characters and settings, and ranging in time from the 1930’s Prohibition years, to the 50’s in pre-Castro Cuba, to the 70’s in downtown bohemian New York, to the downtown streets of Portland’s Chinatown, and 82nd Avenue in Southeast Portland - these stories possess a darkly surreal and unique voice.

Here’s the cover of the new release from Todd Grimson titled “Stabs At Happiness: 13 Short Stories.”  We’re releasing the book Nov. 1st, but are sending out galleys right now.  If you’d like to be considered, show me your press credentials and we’ll consider.

About.

From 1988 Oregon Book Award-winning author Todd Grimson, comes our November hardcover release of “Stabs at Happiness.”  Todd Grimson won the 1988 Oregon Book Award for Fiction for “Within Normal Limits” and has written two other acclaimed novels, “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and “Stainless” - both of which have been republished by Schaffner Press within the past year.  

"STABS AT HAPPINESS: 13 Stories" is the first collection of short fiction by Grimson, which spans a career of over thirty years. Many of these pieces were first seen in groundbreaking literary journals of the 80’s and 90’s and more recent stories have been published in online literary journals.

Representing a vast array of characters and settings, and ranging in time from the 1930’s Prohibition years, to the 50’s in pre-Castro Cuba, to the 70’s in downtown bohemian New York, to the downtown streets of Portland’s Chinatown, and 82nd Avenue in Southeast Portland - these stories possess a darkly surreal and unique voice.