Virtual Event Jon Boilard in conversation with Trish Crapo


Junk City

Jon Boilard in conversation with Trish Crapo


On Thursday, May 13th at 6 PM, we are pleased to welcome Jon Boilard for his short story and poem collection JUNK CITY which released in October of last year. Set in San Francisco, the greatest city in the world, JUNK CITY weaves together stories of addicts of all shapes and sizes. This collection of gritty short stories and poems jumps from police officers and mailment to runaways and street fighters each battling their own personal demons. Jon will be in conversation with Trish Crapo a writer for the Los Angeles Review of Books.


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Set in San Francisco, the stories and poems in JUNK CITY are linked by characters and the characters are linked by addiction in one form or another. You'll meet a hard-drinking mail carrier struggling to find deeper meaning when he comes across a suicide on his route; a seasoned city cop trying to make it to retirement before he ends up viral on YouTube; a teenage runaway selling his body for dope; an aging stripper named Eskimo convinced she can turn over a new leaf by getting her poetry chapbook published (and whose poems link the stories); a cross-dressing accountant running a Ponzi scheme on his clients; and a legend of the local street fighting scene whose life is spiraling out of control in a swirl of brown booze and pain pills. The characters that roam these pages live in a shadowy world, but from time to time slivers of light manage to break through the fog.

About the Author:

Jon Boilard was born and raised in small towns in Western Massachusetts. Today he lives and writes in Northern California. His debut short story collection, Settright Road (Dzanc Books, 2017), was preceded by two novels, The Castaway Lounge (Dzanc Books, 2015) and A River Closely Watched (MacAdam Cage, 2013), which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award the following year. Jon's award-winning short stories have appeared in some of the finest literary journals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has participated in the Cork International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland, the Wroclaw Short Story Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, and LitQuake in San Francisco, California.

Praise For:

“Boilard writes like a predator. His stories grab you by the throat in the first sentence and you have to keep reading out of self-defense.”

-Los Angeles Review of Books


“Boilard’s prose deftly evokes the gritty minimalism of Thom Jones, Denis Johnson and other bards of self-destruction and substance abuse.”

-Kirkus Reviews


“At times blunt and raw, at times lyrical and poetic, Boilard plunges us head-long into the seamy side of life in North Beach.”

-Philip Cioffari, Author,Dark Road

Event date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Junk City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604892611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Livingston Press (AL) - October 1st, 2020