Double Book Launch: Michael Washburn + Peter Gelfan

Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement, identity, and alienation are in the news every day, but little real insight into these issues is available from Twitter feeds and short news items. The role of a fiction writer at the present juncture is not just to be always observing, as Henry James had it, but also to explore and analyze issues of global concern in all their richness and complexity. Michael Washburn’s tales about the theme of “uprooted-ness” are reflections of our fractured world. They depict the adventures and trials of people unsure of their place in the world and desperate for a sense of belonging. Here are consistently surprising stories of incomparable power.

Monkey Temple by Peter Gelfan: Monkey Temple is a coming-of-old-age adventure about two longtime best friends and rivals who, determined to “not go gentle into that good night,” set off on a final road trip.  Their efforts to face past failures and give meaning to their dwindling futures change their lives forever but not at all as they had envisioned.  It’s a buddy story with strong female characters and plenty of dark humor.


Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary LanternRosebudAdelaide Literary MagazineWeird Fiction ReviewNew Orphic Review, StandStill Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview JournalBlack Fox Literary MagazineBryant Literary JournalMeat for TeaMarathon Literary ReviewPrick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled “Home and Abroad.” He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

Peter Gelfan was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York City suburbs, and attended Haverford College until he turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. He has traveled widely and lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont. Found Objects, his debut novel, was published in 2013. He co-wrote the screenplay for Cargo, les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and work as a freelance book editor.











When: Mon., May 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: The Strand
828 Broadway
212-473-1452
Price: Free
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Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement, identity, and alienation are in the news every day, but little real insight into these issues is available from Twitter feeds and short news items. The role of a fiction writer at the present juncture is not just to be always observing, as Henry James had it, but also to explore and analyze issues of global concern in all their richness and complexity. Michael Washburn’s tales about the theme of “uprooted-ness” are reflections of our fractured world. They depict the adventures and trials of people unsure of their place in the world and desperate for a sense of belonging. Here are consistently surprising stories of incomparable power.

Monkey Temple by Peter Gelfan: Monkey Temple is a coming-of-old-age adventure about two longtime best friends and rivals who, determined to “not go gentle into that good night,” set off on a final road trip.  Their efforts to face past failures and give meaning to their dwindling futures change their lives forever but not at all as they had envisioned.  It’s a buddy story with strong female characters and plenty of dark humor.


Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary LanternRosebudAdelaide Literary MagazineWeird Fiction ReviewNew Orphic Review, StandStill Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview JournalBlack Fox Literary MagazineBryant Literary JournalMeat for TeaMarathon Literary ReviewPrick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled “Home and Abroad.” He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

Peter Gelfan was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York City suburbs, and attended Haverford College until he turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. He has traveled widely and lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont. Found Objects, his debut novel, was published in 2013. He co-wrote the screenplay for Cargo, les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and work as a freelance book editor.

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