Book Reading Evening in the Gallery
Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm
Join us for some evening refreshments in a cafe style setting as Mitch reads passages from his “Kindle” edition, Two-Headed Dog. And of course, there were be time for questions and interaction after the reading.
Mitch Grabois was born in the Bronx to a family of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His grandmother, Anna, came from the town of Barr, Russia, the site of the first recorded pogrom. His grandfather, Eli, came from Kishinev, Moldova, where, in 1903, he hid in a cellar with his nine siblings as the city suffered the largest, most violent pogrom in history.
Anna taught Mitch how to whistle and to brush his teeth with seawater. Eli drank tea through a sugar cube and worried about the possibility of anti-Jewish riots taking place in America.
Mitch developed an interest in literature and writing in the fourth grade, when he co-edited his elementary school creative writing magazine. He devoted himself to poetry from eighth grade through college. He wrote his first novel, Iron Prayers, in the mid-1980’s. It was represented by a highly regarded New York literary agency, but never achieved publication, condemned by editors as “too quirky,” “too literary” or “too feminist.”
Since the late eighties, his short fiction has appeared in over sixty literary magazines. Oxalis nominated him for a Pushcart Prize.
For the past ten years Mitch has been a full-time writer, focusing on novels and short stories. His most recent story acceptances have been “Zane’s Splinter” by MEMOIR Journal and “Purple Heart” by The Examined Life, a Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Publication date for both is late Spring 2012.
Some thoughts on Two-Headed Dog:
Two-Headed Dog is an interesting novel; with so many different twists and turns. I see it as a very original take on the nature of the beast–the Beast being humankind–with all of its capacities for love, lust and bloodlust, sanity and madness; a novel that seems based in reality as it begins and becomes increasingly surrealistic but always raising all these questions of “What’s at the core of us humans?,” and it’s done with humor and folly and great poetic touches. It deserves to be a huge hit.
–Martin Shepard, Publisher, Permanent Press
Mitch Grabois is a wonderfully talented, funny, and appealing writer. His work is deft and engaging, and his characters and plot are richly imagined.”
–Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of Prep, The Man of My Dreams and American Wife