The Fight Song Show (with Josh Mohr & friends)
Thursday, February 21, 2013, Doors @ 7 pm, Performance @ 7:30 pm, 50-A Ban­nam Alley, North Beach, San Francisco (tickets available through City Lights Bookstore)

 

A performance in four acts celebrating the release of

Fight Song: A Novel

from Counterpoint Press

with Josh Mohr

accompanied by Tony Dushane, Daphne Gottlieb, Jon Longhi, and Bucky Sinister

Performance will be followed by a conversation between Josh Mohr and Peter Maravelis of City Lights

Tickets for perfomance are free, but must be picked up in advance at the front counter of City Light Lights Bookstore beginning on Monday February 4, 2013. No reservations accepted. Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. Venue is located at 50-A Ban­nam Alley,  North Beach,  San Francisco, between Green and Union, Grant and Columbus Streets.

About Fight Song:

When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor's SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffin. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To avoid following in his own father's missteps, Bob is suddenly desperate to reconnect with his wife and his distant, distracted children. And he's looking for any guidance he can get.

Bob Coffin soon learns that the wisest words come from the most unexpected places, from characters that are always more than what they appear to be: a magician/marriage counselor, a fast-food drive-thru attendant/phone-sex operator, and a janitor/guitarist of a French KISS cover band. Can these disparate voices inspire Bob to fight for his family? To fight for his place in the world?

A call-to-arms for those who have ever felt beaten down by life, Fight Song is a quest for happiness in a world in which we are increasingly losing control. It is the exciting new novel by one of the most surprising and original writers of his generation.

About Josh Mohr:

Josh Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade (a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection), Some Things that Meant the World to Me (one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chroniclebestseller), and Damascus, published in the fall of 2011 to much critical acclaim. Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

About the performers:

Tony DuShane is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk and a columnist at San Francisco Chronicle. His radio show, Drinks with Tony, airs every Wednesday night on Radio Valencia.

Daphne Gottlieb is an award-winning poet and editor of numerous books including  "Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions" and "Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader", as well as the author of the poetry books "Kissing Dead Girls", "Final Girl", "Why Things Burn" and "Pelt", and the graphic novel "Jokes and the Unconscious" with artist Diane DiMassa. Her work has been widely published in journals including Utne Reader, Tikkun, Nerve.com, McSweeneys.net, Exquisite Corpse, and Instant City. She recently co-edited with Lisa Kester "Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words" She is also the cover girl on Akashic Books' "San Francisco Noir".

Jon Longhi is a Bay Area writer and performer who is the author of "Flashbacks and Premotions", Wake Up And Smell The Beer", and "The Rise and Fall Of Third Leg", He contributed a story to the San Francisco Noir crime fiction anthology.

Bucky Sinister is a Bay Area poet, self-help author, and a comedian. He’s also published  journalism, film reviews, and several short stories. He is the author of "All Blacked Out And Nowhere To Go", "The King Of Roadkills", "Whiskey and Robots", Get Up: A 12 Step Guide To Recovery For Freaks, Misfits, and Weirdos", and the most recent "Time Bomb Snooze Alarm" from Write Bloody Press.